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State may seek delay in spring testing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry
Holliday says he'll seek a federal waiver that would allow the
state to delay spring testing a few weeks.
The request comes as Kentucky school districts have dealt with
snow days and swine flu. Holliday said Friday that some districts
have lost up to 27 days. All school districts have missed some days
because of snow, with eastern Kentucky generally the hardest-hit.
Holliday said even if the state receives a federal waiver, he
may decide not to move the testing window.
The state would need a waiver because postponing the scheduled
April 19-30 testing period would mean a delay in getting scores to
schools and parents. Holliday said if the testing is moved, it
would likely be to the second or third week of May. All districts
must test during the same period.
The state is negotiating with its private contractor, Measured
Progress, to come up with some options that would allow scores to
be returned before the start of the next school year, said Lisa
Gross, spokeswoman for the Department of Education.

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