Lawmakers Address State Testing Standards

Nebraska lawmakers have voted to ditch the state's one-of-a-kind approach to measuring student achievement.  The Legislature gave final-round approval Monday to a bill (LB1157) that would require uniform, statewide tests in reading, math and science in many elementary and high school grades.

Thirty-three senators voted for the bill, enough to override a vetofrom the governor.  Nebraska's current method lets school districts create their own tests to measure achievement for the federal No Child Left Behind Act and for state purposes.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education rejected it but later reversed course.  Critics say the locally devised testing it makes it impossible to accurately compare districts.