- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A measure to reduce the emphasis Virginia high schools put on standardized testing is advancing through the General Assembly.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1QlBSoC ) that 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 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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