A similar bill, by Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr., R-Brunswick, would reduce the weight of tests to 10 percent. Senate Bill 355 must go through Tippins' committee, and has not been scheduled for a hearing.
The proposal from Ligon, the majority caucus chairman, differs significantly from the other two in that it guarantees a right for parents to opt their children out of testing. Tippins’ bill reduces the number of tests. Dickson’s bill does not address the amount of testing.
Teachers have reached boiling point over tests and the evaluations based on them. Forty-four percent of teachers quit in their first five years on the job, and a Georgia Department of Education teacher survey released this year with more than 53,000 respondents chiefly blamed over-testing and the use of the results in evaluations.