Senate Votes to Require States to Set Limit on Time Spent Testing


On July 14, 2015, the Senate passed by voice vote a bill sponsored by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) requiring states to establish a limit on the maximum total time students are to spend taking standardized tests– for ESEA or otherwise; to represent that limit as a percentage of instructional time, and to notify parents once the percentage of testing time has been used up:

SA 2210. Mr. BENNET submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2089 submitted by Mr. Alexander (for himself and Mrs. Murray) to the bill S. 1177, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to ensure that every child achieves; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 52, between lines 9 and 10, insert the following:

“(L) Limitation on assessment time.—

“(i) In general.–As a condition of receiving an allocation under this part for…

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