- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state Senate Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would eliminate a statewide writing test for elementary and middle school students.

The committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to advance House Bill 159 and send it to the Senate floor for more debate.

The proposal, which has already passed the House of Representatives, would eliminate the Student Assessment of Writing Skills, or SAWS test. The test is given each spring to students in third, fifth and seventh grades.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Democratic Rep. Mary Throne, of Cheyenne, is the lead sponsor of the legislation.

Throne said the current assessment is “flawed” and wastes time and money.

She said that new writing assessments could be folded into the education assessment work that is being developed by the Legislature.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com


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