Lawmakers weigh in on plan to scrap SBAC test

State lawmakers are considering a plan to drop the controversial SBAC test, paving the way for students to take the SAT or ACT college prep tests for free.

State lawmakers are considering a plan to drop the controversial SBAC test, paving the way for students to take the SAT or ACT college prep tests for free. (5/28/15)

HARTFORD - State lawmakers are considering a last-minute plan to scrap the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test.

If lawmakers vote in favor of shedding the SBAC test, students would take SAT or ACT tests instead. 

State lawmakers say the negative feedback from high school students has been overwhelming. More than 200 students in Staples High School in Westport refused to take the test just two days ago.

The new tests would start next school year. Third- through eighth-grade students would still have to take the SBACs this year.

The state would foot the bill for the SAT and ACT tests. Lawmakers say paying for the SATs or ACTs would cost the state about $2 million a year, money they say is already available.

The state Senate approved the plan Thursday. It goes on to the House tomorrow and could be on the governor's desk as early as next week.

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