A bill to provide some relief to school districts and students struggling to adapt to new testing methods in math cleared the state Senate on Tuesday.
House Bill 1412 seeks to ease the transition to new end-of-course exams in math.
It is now headed to the governor's desk, which means it would go into effect before students take the new math tests in May.
The bill appeared stuck 10 days ago, when it didn't get enough signatures to pass out of a Senate committee. It previously had been approved 96-1 in the House.
But it finally got a unanimous OK in the full Senate.
Under a testing regimen to start this spring, students take two exams -- in algebra and geometry -- instead of one comprehensive test in math.
But that would have meant that many students would be tested on material they encountered a year or more ago as the system transitions to the new tests. Districts were struggling with setting up tutoring programs to get kids prepared.
Now -- barring an unlikely veto by the governor -- students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 only have to take one end-of-course exam, which for most means they will take the geometry test in the year they are taking that class.
After the class of 2014 graduates, the system will be caught up to the new testing method.