UPDATE: April 24th, 2013: A Pivotal Day for Louisiana Education
HB 343: SPED Exemption from ACT; No Penalty to Schools for Opt-out Students on ACT
HB 613: Parental Opt-out of ACT
From the Baton Rouge Advocate:
A bill that would lift the state rule that high school special education students take the ACT and other tests passed the House Education Committee on a 14-1 vote Tuesday [April 30, 2013].
The measure, House Bill 343, next faces action on the House floor.
The legislation would apply to students with individualized education plans who are not pursuing a high school diploma. Those students typically aim for a certificate of attendance or other recognition.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, sponsor of HB343, said giving the ACT — a test of college readiness — and other exams to special education students “does not capture anything that is meaningful or relevant.”
Edwards said teachers have told him that forcing students to…
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