Breaking – State Drops History Test Plan

The state schools superintendent has withdrawn a controversial plan that would have eliminated Virginia’s third grade history Standards of Learning exam.

Patricia Wright, superintendent of public instruction, today notified the state school board of her decision.

“While I continue to believe that the testing burden on young children and schools could have been lessened without sacrificing accountability for history instruction in the early grades, I understand the concerns of the educators, legislators and others who disagreed,” Wright said in a statement.

The proposal was intended to respond to concerns from schools and parents who believe the state over-tests children. Legislators, teachers and history buffs strongly objected to the plan. The House Education Committee had scheduled a meeting for Monday to hear testimony about the idea.

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