Del. bill: Suspend tests, save money

May 7, 2008 8:29:30 AM PDT
Legislation pending in the state Senate would suspend Delaware's student testing program for the next year to save the state $10 million.

The bill was introduced Tuesday by Sen. David Sokola (suh-KOH'-luh), a Democrat from Newark.

The tests are required under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. However, the legislation directs the state Department of Education to seek a waiver from federal authorities to allow the one-year suspension.

The bill has the support of eight other lawmakers, but Delaware Education Secretary Valerie Woodruff says she doubts the federal waiver would be granted. Further, she says the savings to the state would be only $7.5 million, because $2.5 million used for the testing program comes from the federal government.

Information from: Delaware State News,