Opponents, however, worried that letting parents preview questions might compromise the integrity of the tests.
State Superintendent Martell Menlove noted that the results of the tests are used to make a number of decisions, such as the grades schools get.
"There is a high-stakes nature to what we're doing, therefore it's critical we maintain the integrity of what we're doing," Menlove said.
He also noted that a parent committee already reviews test questions, in addition to multiple committees of educators.
Once the bill hits the House floor, it's likely lawmakers will attempt to add an amendment imposing a $1,000 penalty on parents who break the rules. But Menlove said the $1,000 penalty wouldn't cover even half the cost of replacing a test item that had been compromised.
Sara Jones, with the Utah Education Association, also said the UEA is concerned about throwing the validity of state tests into question. She said not only are the tests high stakes for students, but also for teachers whose pay can be partly tied to test results.
Jared Carman, however, spoke in favor of the bill, saying parents can be trusted. Carman serves on the state instructional materials commission, but he spoke as a private citizen Tuesday.
"This is not about test integrity," Carman said. "This is about a balance of power basically between the education office and parents."
The bill now moves to the House floor.