The state Education Department would have to develop a plan for statewide testing of students this spring using the M-C-A’s (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment), under a bill the Minnesota Senate passed this afternoon (Mon) on a strong bipartisan vote. Sponsor, Lino Lakes Republican Roger Chamberlain:

“Finding out where the kids are, and then we can work towards solving that problem and catching ’em up.”

New Brighton Democrat Mary Kunesh voted for the bill, but expressed reservations:

“Our students are just going back to school, and now they have to take the MCAs.”

A measure that would have allowed the tests to be administered remotely was removed from the bill after some lawmakers warned there wouldn’t be a level playing field.   Legislators note that parents are still able to opt-out of having their children take the test.