Senate OKs Bill To Suspend NM School Tests

SANTA FE, N.M. – The legislation suspends several tests for elementary and secondary students in the upcoming 2011-2012 year to save an estimated $3 million.

High school juniors are preparing to take a comprehensive test this spring and current law requires them to pass it to graduate.

Under the legislation, juniors will continue to take the test this year but it will not count for graduation. Passing the test will return as a graduation requirement for this year's 10th graders when they take the exit exam in the 2011-2012 school year.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday and was sent to the House for consideration.