C-SAP Testing Focus Of Bill Advancing To State Senate

A bill that would allow the lowest performing students to skip Colorado's Student Assessment Program, or C–SAP tests, is up for debate in the State Senate. State Representatives passed House Bill 1246 earlier this week and it's now headed to the Senate.

At the center of the debate is the "No Child Left Behind" act, a federal mandate requiring states to test all students in grades three through eight every year. It allows students to opt out of taking Colorado's standardized test and jeopardizes the $170 million dollars in federal funding the state receives as a result of the act.

Currently 1% of Colorado students, those with severe mental disabilities, are exempt from taking the regular C–SAP, but there's another group who is not necessarily disabled, but are delayed. Both legislators and educators say these students need consideration when it comes to assessment tests.

Many parents of delayed students would rather keep their child from taking the test than put he or she through four days of frustration, but a student not taking the test actually reflects worse on a school than a poor score, They say that hurts a school's accountability at the state and federal levels…

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