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Lawmakers stop short of testing vote

Say it isn't so, Nebraska.

by Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State lawmakers debated but did not vote today on a measure that would require schools across state to give students the same achievement tests.

Supporters of the bill (LB1157) say it is needed so students and schools can be measured with the same yardstick, instead of the current mishmash of tests created by school districts.

Opponents of uniform testing on key subjects say that local teachers know the best way to test their students.

Nebraska's current system of using locally made tests to calculate statewide proficiency in subjects is unique.

Some lawmakers think the state Department of Education has been trying to bypass a law passed last year by continuing to use the local tests.

On the Net:

Nebraska Legislature: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov

— staff
Associated Press
2008-03-17


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