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MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would allow all students between grades 3 and 12 to opt out of standardized tests required by state or federal law.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday, October 27th.

Currently, students in fourth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th grades can opt of tests required under state law. Schools don’t have to excuse kids in third, fifth, sixth and seventh grades from federally required tests.

Under the bill, schools would have to excuse any student in grades 3-12 who want to opt out of any test required by state or federal law. Schools wouldn’t be penalized on accountability reports for students who don’t take tests.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which could take it up next week.