D-20 to Skip NAEP Testing

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The second-largest school district in Colorado Springs will give up more than $524,000 dollars in federal grant money intended for at-risk students because officials have refused to take part in a national testing program.

Academy School District 20 includes some 20,000 students.

Board president Ann Elrod says the district won't take part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP test, because educators are concerned about over-testing students.

The testing falls just a few short weeks after the state's own Colorado Student Assessment Program exams, called the C-SAP tests.

District 20 officials say they'll make up the lost money from within the current budget, and that no programs or personnel will be cut.

Congress requires the administration of the NAEP test, commonly called "The Nation's Report Card." It is directed by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.

Lawmakers established a 26-member National Assessment Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for the NAEP. The NAGB and the NCES are both headquartered in Washington, D.C.