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State math, English tests reduced to two days

State assessment tests will be reduced to two days from three beginning in the spring of 2018.

The change, which applies to English language arts and math for grades 3 to 8, was made by the State Board of Regents on Monday.

“The Regents and I continue to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers and to make additional adjustments to the grades 3-8 exams,” said state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “In response to those public concerns, last year we reduced the number of test questions and moved to untimed testing. Today's decision is another important step in our efforts to deliver a rigorous testing regime that is responsive to the public’s concerns.”

Said Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa: “This decision not only reduces the amount of time children will spend taking tests, but also returns valuable instructional time to our teachers. We will make certain the tests continue to provide a valid and reliable measurement of student achievement.”

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