- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bill that could relieve thousands of high school juniors in Connecticut from having to take an unpopular standardized test is moving to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

The House of Representatives Tuesday passed the legislation 140-1. It already cleared the Senate.

Under the bill, 11th graders would no longer have to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium or SBAC test. Instead, they would have to take a nationally recognized college readiness exam, such as the SAT.

Lawmakers said they’ve heard complaints from students, parents and teachers about the large amount of standardized testing being conducted in the state, especially 11th graders.

About 85 percent of students in the state already take the SAT. Lawmakers suggested the remaining 15 percent might be encouraged to attend college after taking the SAT.

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