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Senators Propose Common Core Panel as House Bans PARCC Test

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Legislators are wading deeper into determining what Mississippi students will learn and how they will be tested.

The House of Representatives Thursday passed House Bill 385, banning use of a Common Core-related test, wiping out high school exit exams in biology and U.S. history, and pushing the state Board of Education to adopt standardized tests published by the ACT organization.

The Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 2161, which would create a commission to recommend changes to Mississippi's current Common Core-based standards.

The House bill moves to the Senate for more debate, while the Senate committee sent its bill to the full Senate.

Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton have swung against the standards, even as state Superintendent Carey Wright defends them.

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