State test time to be reduced

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Board of Education reportedly plans to reduce the amount of time students spend on statewide assessment exams.

The Kansas Association of School Boards issued a statement Wednesday saying the state board will shorten the size of tests in English Language Arts, math, history/government and science next school year from four parts to two. Sections which require listening to audio with headphones will be removed completely.

State Education Commissioner Randy Watson was quoted as saying the end-of-year tests will be about 60 percent shorter. The reported change is in response to complaints from parents, teachers and administrators about too much time being lost in preparing and taking the exams.

Statewide assessments currently are required for English Language Arts and math between grades 3-8, with an additional exam during high school. Exams in history/government and science occur less frequently.

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