CATS Overhaul

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's top Senate leader is predicting lawmakers will agree on a bill to overhaul the state's school testing system. Senate President David Williams says House and Senate negotiators are making progress toward reaching a deal. The bill would scrap the decade-old testing program known as CATS - or the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. Negotiations have centered on the testing to be done in the interim until state education officials develop a new permanent exam by the 2011-12 academic year. The school assessment testing is one of the big issues remaining in the 2009 legislative session, which has two days left after today.