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Relating to a revision of the essential knowledge and skills of the public school foundation curriculum and proclamations for the production of instructional materials.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 663 would require the State Board of Education (SBOE) to review and revise the essential knowledge and skills for the public school curriculum. The bill would be an effort to narrow the number and scope of student expectations for each subject and grade level. The SBOE would be required to identify any necessary changes regarding instructional material and report the changes, while also ensuring any changes in financial obligations would be carried out through the biennium.
In the past we have supported reducing mandatory standardized testing in public schools, however we do support maintaining enough testing at an appropriately rigorous level to ensure that students are learning at grade level and not being inappropriately promoted without the requisite knowledge and skills to move to the next level. That being said, this bill does not appear to affect any of our liberty principles, therefore we remain cautiously neutral on HB 663.