Ky. Lawmakers Vote To Scrap CATS Test

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have given their final blessing to scrap the state's decade-old school testing system.

The proposal to scrap the testing program known as CATS - or the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System - passed the House and Senate with no opposition Friday.

The bill heads to Gov. Steve Beshear. He says the bill includes "positive elements" to improve education. But he says he has concerns about the transition to a new testing system.

Negotiations over a final version focused on what type of interim test would be given until state education officials develop a new permanent exam by the 2011-12 academic year.
The legislation is Senate Bill 1.

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