- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona school students could soon have another option to the state’s standardized achievement test under legislation signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The bill Ducey signed Friday allows local school districts to choose from a “menu” of assessments approved by the state Board of Education in addition to the standardized AZMERIT test.

Republican Rep. Paul Boyer says his legislation is intended to offer more effective and high quality tests. High school students taking standard college entrance exams such as the SAT could avoid having to take the regular state test.

Boyer says the choices in House Bill 2544 will free schools from “teaching to the test” when students are already prepared for college entrance exams.

The new tests must meet current standards and low-performing districts still must use the AZMERIT test.

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