Standardized testing opt-out bill sees passioned response from both sides

HB 2315, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, would allow parents to opt their children out of statewide standardized tests, such as MAP.

In today’s Missourian article, I present opinions and arguments from the bill sponsor and a local Columbia mother, as well as representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri National Education Association.

Critics say the bill would disproportionately affect low-achieving students. Proponents highlight what they see as the overuse of standardized exams and the lack of local control in education.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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