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A2 SATURDAY. APRIL 28. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T EDUCATION Testing could cost a bundle Bush wants students in grades 3 through eight to be tested By GREGTOPPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Fulfilling President Bush's proposal to test every student in grades three through eight could cost states as much as $7 billion over the next seven years, the National Association of State Boards of Education said. Spokesman David Griffith said education officials believe Bush's plan asks states to test students more than necessary and, they fear, without ad- Di lou equate funding. BUSH "They're just really concerned that ... this whole rush in testing is coming so quickly," he said. In his budget. Bush requested $320 million for test development — a figure that wouldn't even cover testing in California, let alone aU 50 states, according to an association survey Only 15 states currently test students in reading and math in grades three through eight, Griffith said. Most rely at least partially on off-the-shelf tests that aren't geared to the curriculum, as Bush's plan proposes. According to the survey, states would need to spend as much as $7 billion in the seven- Big costs for standardized testing President Bush's proposal to give standardized tests to students in grades three through eight could cost states as much as $7 billion over seven years. Here are the states with the biggest price tags for developing the tests and giving them for four years, beginning in 2004. Total students 2,765,332 1,833,022 New York • 'Mtu-M 5159,381,375 1,275,051 Florida H W&M 8140,782,625 1,126,261 Illinois • $116,270,000 930,160 Ohio .P •fH $106',oio,250 848,082 Pennsylvania ffl •H $105,738,625 845,909 Michigan • M $95,465,875 763,727 Georgia • • $84,095,000 672,760 North Carolina • • $76,422,625 611,381 Note: The number of students was derived from 1999-2000 scliool year enrollment. The costs do not Include the expense of the science assessments required In 2007-2008. SOURCE: National Association of Slate Boards of Education AP year period following passage of major federal education spending legislation now before Congress. Bush's education plan requires states to develop the tests by 2004 and give them each year through 2008. The survey puts even a conservative cost estimate at $2.7 billion if states opt for rudimentary tests. "The costs are staggering, but not surprising to states who have put in place comprehensive assessment systems over the past 10 years," said Brenda Welburn, NASBE's executive director. The Senate is scheduled next week to debate reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides most of the funding for K-12 education. The Senate version would give states $400 million — slightly more than Bush — while the House version matches Bush's $320 million request. Senate Democrats have proposed giving states more money for the tests, saying the federal government should pick up half the cost. Even a Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, is considering an amendment that would help states pay more testing costs. The survey gathered the figures based on per-pupil costs, ranging from $25-$125 per student, to develop tests, and $25$50 to administer and score them. Griffith said the low figures represent "as basic an aligned assessment as you can get." Education Department spokeswoman Lindsey Kozberg Navy resumes bombing on Vieques By The Associated Press VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Navy dropped 500- pound dummy bombs from jet fighters and fired shells from ships as it resumed exercises on Vieques island Friday, despite the presence of protesters so close they forced a temporary halt to the fire. "They're risking the lives of our people by dropping bombs," said Robert Rabin, an organizer of demonstrators who say the exercises harm islanders' health and environment. Navy officials in the U.S. Caribbean territory insist the training does not hurt the island's 9,400 people and is vital to save American lives in combat. Rabin said an unknown num- ^ Enchanted Cottage ^ A "Specialty" Gift Shop Flags, Poles, I Windchimes, Rugs & Accessories Qitck Out Our Spring Wrcat/is & Flower Open Wed. - Sat. • 10 a .ni!'i^jiif I (785) 493-9102 / 1311 S. SiuiH Fe / Salina | HeUcEdln! "A specially Dull Slmwroom far llic yoiiiii; & yoiiiii' III ln'iirl." Don't forget bur layaway plan...Stop by & check it out! Helto Eotlii! LociitccI ill Aukl Limu Ssnc 101 N..SiiiiuiI\\ .Snliii:i ber of demonstrators who cut through fences. and breached the area by boat remained in the 19-square-mile military zone Friday afternoon. Four Puerto Rican legislators sent by boat to see whether the exercises were violating a local noise law were detained briefly by the U.S. Coast Guard as they approached restricted waters, then allowed to continue sailing outside the military zone. The Navy said there were no intruders on the 900-acre firing range on the island's eastern tip, which federal agents scoured through the night with helicopters, dogs and foot patrols. "The range is green ... There's nobody out there to pose a danger to," said iEixdvdXiUh l:iC.Y. .Uuin Jliiubting, JCS lloiiUMiiadi^ Fiiilgc 785-227-9922 spokesman Lt. Corey Barker. "They wouldn't do the exercises unless it was perfectly safe." 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Main, Lindsborg, KS I I formerly The Racquet Shoppe | I 785-227-3363 said the survey overestimates the cost of administering tests, saying the Houston Independent School District, for instance, spent less than $10 per pupil for off-the-shelf tests. "Their low end is more than two-and-a-half times what we know Houston's costs were," she said. Education Secretary Rod Paige is a former Houston schools superintendent. Griffith said NASBE based the costs on those provided by testing contractoi's for tests similar to those proposed by Bush. "The president's plan requires so much detail," he said. "Those demands are actually going to increase administration costs." Kozberg said several states have already developed adequate tests, which could lower their development costs. The survey projected the number of students for the 200405 school year based on 19992000 enrollment data. The estimates do not include the costs of science tests, which would be required in 2007-08. In several states, the survey shows, developing and giving even the most basic tests would run well past $100 million. For example, Pennsylvania and Ohio would each need about $106 million. Illinois would have to spend $116 million, while New York would require $159 million. Texas would require $229 million. California would need nearly $346 million, more than Bush's proposed $320 million test development budget for all 50 states. DICKINSON THEATRESuu. a, >K> „ All seats 35.00 before 6:00 p.m. Central Mall 2259 S 3iii Si (785) 825-9105 Bridget Jones's Diary R 1:50 4:35 7:10 9:20 Josle and the Pussycats PG131 ;M 4:25 / Blow H 7:00 9:30 One Night at McCool's R 1:50 4:35 7:10 9:20 The Salina Public Library's Second Annual NovelKansas Presents JIM & KATE LEHRER APRIL 28 • 7:30 - 9:00 P.M. KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY'S SAMS CHAPEL Come hear these engaging, award-winning authors speak about their experiences and their craft. A book signing will immediately follow. 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