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Curbs On Florida School Testing Passed By Florida Senate

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —  The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have students spend no more than 45 hours a year on standardized tests.

The Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping bill that would also let school districts move up the starting date of school to Aug. 10th.

Legislators have promised to roll back the level of testing in Florida schools. But there have been disagreements about how far to go. Many of the state's standardized tests were first put in place as part of education changes pushed by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Florida moved to a new test this year that is based on Common Core standards.

The Senate bill would require an independent study of the new test before the scores can be used to measure students and schools.

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