Bill to Reduce Emphasis on Standardized Testing Advances in Virginia

NBC Bay Area

A measure to reduce the emphasis Virginia high schools put on standardized testing is advancing through the General Assembly.

State Sen. John Miller's bill aimed at requiring the state Board of Education to stress critical thinking over standardized testing was approved Wednesday by a House committee, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

The legislation sailed through the Senate on unanimous vote. On Wednesday a House committee approved it 19 to 3.

The bill also directs education officials to emphasize internships and technical training, something for which Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been a vocal advocate. 

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