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Florida House Poised to Make Some Changes to State Testing

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Mar 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 08:31:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Republican-controlled Florida House is poised to make several changes to the state's use of standardized testing.

The House could vote this week on a wide-ranging bill that places limits on the number of standardized tests that could be given in public schools.

The House took a preliminary vote on Tuesday where they rejected changes pushed by Democrats. One key amendment would have suspended the school grading system put in place by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush has touted his education changes as he ramps up a likely presidential bid.

Republican legislators also defeated an amendment that would have let students choose to take a paper-and-pencil version of the state's main standardized test. There have been glitches in this year's rollout of the test.

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