Students in Rhode Island will take shorter standardized tests next year.
The multi-state governing board that oversees the so-called PARCC tests, voted Wednesday to shorten testing by about 90 minutes. The change comes following criticism from teachers over the lengthy nature of the test.
In Rhode Island the test was previously administered over two separate testing periods. One stretched between March and April; the other between May and June. According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, teachers found the division disruptive. With the new changes, testing will be completed in one stretch. Officials say the new test will take about one to two weeks to complete.
State education commissioner Deborah Gist says the redesign will streamline testing and allow for more classroom instruction.
Some five million students completed the PARCC testing in English and math nationwide, including 75,000 students in Rhode Island.
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