New Mexico scraps student testing requirement

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico is reducing testing requirements for ninth and tenth grade students under a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Monday that removes an assessment in reading, language arts and math from state requirements. Democratic Rep. Andres Romero of Albuquerque sponsored the legislation.

The Republican governor signed several other initiatives into law.

One makes it easier for out-of-state workers to repair energy and telecommunications infrastructure when a disaster is declared by the state governor or the U.S. president. That law reduces taxes, fees and paperwork.

Drivers of commercial vehicles who are caught texting while driving will face new penalties under another new law.

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