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Divided Florida Senate panel OKs bill to limit some testing

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A measure to put some limits on standardized testing is moving in the Florida Senate after a strong debate.

The Senate Education PreK-12 committee approved the bill Wednesday along party lines with Republicans voting yes.

If the bill (SB 616) becomes law, it would cap how many hours students could spend on testing. The measure also eliminates some tests, including a test required of 11th grade students. Gov. Rick Scott suspended the test for this year.

Some senators said the bill did not go far enough.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, proposed several changes, but they were voted down by GOP senators.

Florida is switching this year to a new test. Technical glitches have marred the roll out of the test this week.

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