Delaware Lawmakers Set to Challenge Veto of Opt Out Law

Jan 14, 2016

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are poised to challenge Gov. Jack Markell's veto of a bill allowing Delaware students to opt out of standardized tests.

The legislation would allow students to opt out of tests without repercussions. It is aimed in particular at the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is tied to Common Core standards championed by Markell.

Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, was expected to seek an override vote Thursday, following a rally by supporters of the legislation.

Lawmakers from both parties have joined some parents and educators in expressing concerns about the Smarter Balanced test and the amount of time students spend on testing in general.

But Markell has said allowing students to opt out of standardized tests could marginalize the highest-need students and threaten millions of dollars in federal funding.