Lawmakers oppose later deadline for school testing

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have decided not to push back the deadline for the State Board of Education to test new education standards required under pending legislation.

House members voted 60-28 against the amendment on Wednesday.

The legislation would require the state to throw out national Common Core standards currently in place and the Board of Education to create new, Indiana-specific guidelines for what students should be learning in each grade level.

The board would have until July to create the standards and until the 2015-2016 school year to test them.

Democratic state Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes proposed the amendment setting 2015-16 as the deadline only for a pilot test of the standards. He says rushing could cause problems for teachers and schools.

The bill now goes before the full House. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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