Governor Bil Ritter has signed a bill into law that allows educators to measure individual student progress over time -- with statewide test scores now used to grade schools.
Educators have said current assessments in Colorado provide parents and teachers with only a limited snapshot of information.
Ritter says House Bill 1048 will also help the state meet his ten-year goal of cutting the high school dropout rate, and the state's frustrating achievement gap, in half.
He calls the legislation a first essential step forward.
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