State Legislature Passes Bill to Suspend Testing

State Legislature Passes Bill to Suspend Testing

June 10, 2016

In May, the State Legislature passed a bill that would suspend all standardized testing in the state until the year 2020. The legislation now awaits the Governor’s signature. Education Week reported how the legislation could result in the loss of millions of dollars in federal funds since state tests are mandatory under ESSA. While currently asking for a waiver for the 2015-2016 school year, many Alaska state legislators “argue that the federal government has inappropriately forced standardized testing on the state.”