Student testing reduction has support, but some want more |

Student testing reduction has support, but some want more

DENVER — Political heavyweights in Colorado are banding together to call for a reduction in mandatory student testing.

But a bill to reduce those student tests doesn’t please all. As the measure heads to its first hearing Thursday, some say the measure won’t stop parent anxiety over tests, curriculum changes and how teachers should be judged based on how their students perform.

The bill would reduce some mandatory tests between kindergarten and third grade, and in 11th and 12th grades.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and top lawmakers from both parties endorsed the bill Tuesday.

But some testing critics wanted to see more tests reduced. The bill doesn’t make any change to Colorado participating in national education standards known as Common Core. It also doesn’t make any changes to a divisive teacher-evaluation system.

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