AUGUSTA – Everyone takes tests differently and a bill the state legislature is considering may allow some students to opt out of standardized tests.
Senator Nate Libby’s bill would allow parents to excuse their children from the tests and instead the student would be given an educational opportunity while classmates are being tested. Libby said some educators are concerned about the testing mandates.
If approved The Maine Department of Education would not be able to penalize a school if a student is excused from testing.
The Maine Education Association supported the bill during a public hearing on Monday.
The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is currently making recommendations on the bill.