Senate OKs bill to reduce reliance on student tests

7:55 PM, May 29, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Democratic lawmaker is trying again to make California schools less dependent on student testing after a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Brown last year.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, says the state's school accountability system is currently too narrow. Under his bill, SB 1458, student test scores would count for no more than 40 percent of a school's performance ranking.

His bill passed out of the Senate on a 24-10 vote Tuesday and goes to the Assembly.

Steinberg said the state needs to deliver a rigorous curriculum but also prepare students for competitive careers if they choose not to go to college.

Steinberg is making changes after Brown described the senator's previous bill as "adding more speedometers to a broken car."

The Associated Press

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