House education chairman backs annual testing _lowres

AP photo -- Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House education committee says he supports annual testing of school kids under the No Child Left Behind education law.

Congress is trying to update the law. Lawmakers are debating whether the federal government should still require states to test students in reading and math. Kids are tested in grades three to eight and again in high school.

Some educators and parents say the mandate has created a high- stakes testing environment in schools.

Congressman John Kline of Minnesota says results help parents and policymakers know where all students stand. He spoke at the American Enterprise Institute.

The Obama administration also backs annual testing but supports a more robust federal role in education.