Testing opt-out bill is approved by Colorado Senate

The Denver Post

The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would explicitly allow students to opt out of state assessments — the first piece of testing legislation to get through either chamber this year.

Senate Bill 223 also would prohibit penalties against teachers, principals, districts, schools and students if opt-outs drive down test participation. The vote was 28-7.

The bill was amended on the Senate floor to make clear that opting out is not to be encouraged. Under another amendment, the scores of tested students still could be used as a factor in measuring educator effectiveness, school performance plans and district accreditation.

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