Testing Waiver to Prevent Double Testing
Federal officials have granted schools in the state a waiver that will prevent the double testing of students.
The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Montana schools to administer an exam based only on the Common Core Standards adopted in classrooms last summer, instead of based on the No Child Left Behind law. 46 states have adopted the new curriculum, but Montana is the first state in the country to receive the waiver. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says the waiver will save teachers 12 hours of instruction a year.
“It's fantastic news for schools and students across the state that we won't be having to do the old, tired bubble in sort sheets that are testing old standards and outdated standards that we use to have.”
Students in grades 3 thru 8 as well as 11th grade will take the new computerized test next spring.
Story by Luba Solonenko, Beartooth NBC.
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