New Jersey Senate panel passes bills affecting standardized tests

A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step closer to becoming law.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday passed a bill prohibiting such tests. The Assembly passed a similar bill unanimously in March.

The panel also approved a handful of other bills aimed at the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

One measure prohibits withholding state aid based on a school's participation rate on standardized tests.

Other legislation requires the state provide parents with detailed information on which standardized tests to expect each year as well as a list of third-party vendors involved with the tests.

Another requires school districts to publish a list of students taking the PARCC.

Legislators held a bill requiring background checks for some contractors.

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