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Gov. Martinez signs bill reducing state-required testing

SANTA FE, N.M. — Standardized testing for New Mexico high school students — at least those in two grade levels — will be reduced next year under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The new law, which will be in effect in time for the 2016-17 school year, will do away with a requirement that ninth and tenth-graders in public schools and charter schools take at least three periodic assessments during each academic year in reading, English and mathematics.

However, students at those grade levels will still face the computer-based PARCC exam, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, an annual state-mandated standardized test that is administered in April or May.

The measure, House Bill 97, was sponsored by Rep. G. Andres Romero, D-Albuquerque, passed both the House and Senate during this year’s 30-day legislative session without a single “no” vote.

Meanwhile, Martinez also signed eight other bills today that were approved by lawmakers during this year’s session.

She has now signed 64 of the 101 passed bills, and has until Wednesday to act on the others.


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