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Education board chair wants Colorado to repeal testing requirement

Published: March 14, 2014, 2:45 pm, by Debbie Kelley

Could Colorado lawmakers repeal a 2012 requirement that the state participate in a multi-state testing consortium known as PARCC?

That’s what the chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education wants to have happen.

Paul Lundeen told fellow board members this week that he plans to ask them to vote in April on a resolution calling on the state Legislature to overturn the law that Colorado be a part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

His surprise announcement came at the end of a daylong meeting.

“It is time to demand action from the General Assembly to repeal the statute,” he told his colleagues.

The law committed Colorado to use language arts and math tests being prepared by PARCC.

Lundeen also criticized the Common Core Standards, a set of academic requirements for K-12 in language arts and mathematics. Colorado is one of 45 states that have adopted them and are working to implement them and do standardized testing based on them.

The board’s next meeting is April 9-10.