Testing, Pay for Success Bill Signings Cap Legislative Season
Governor John Hickenlooper signed several significant pieces of legislation this week that will have an impact on Colorado kids for years to come. Joined by lawmakers, advocates, parents and many others, the governor lauded the bipartisan support for two new laws during public signing ceremonies.
On Wednesday, the governor signed HB 15-1323 to reduce student testing while maintaining accountability in the K-12 education system. The bill will cut the amount of state testing for each Colorado student by 40 hours over the course of their K-12 career. Read more about it here.
“This bipartisan compromise is the result of almost a year of work and input from teachers, administrators, parents and students,” Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, said in a statement from the Colorado House Democrats. She served as chair of the House Education Committee in the final weeks of the session. “This new law will reduce testing and allow for more learning in the classroom while maintaining an effective system to measure student performance.”
The governor also signed the bipartisan HB 15-1317 (Garnett & Rankin/Johnston & Martinez Humenik) to allow “Pay for Success” contracting in Colorado. The innovative new law allows the state to enter into contracts with philanthropic and private investors to increase Coloradans’ access to evidence-based prevention services and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The Children’s Campaign led advocacy efforts on this bill since it opens the door to potential new investments in early childhood and prevention-oriented health services for vulnerable children and families. Read more here.