Wolf announces reduction in classroom time for taking PSSA tests

Aug 15, 2017 by

 

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf and state education officials delighted educators across the state when they announced plans Monday to reduce the amount of classroom time students spend taking standardized exams.

The state Department of Education plans to reduce the length of PSSA tests that students take in grades 3 through 8. The math test will be 48 minutes shorter, the English exam 45 minutes shorter, and the science test 22 minutes shorter. Those changes could eliminate two full days worth of testing in some schools, according to the governor’s office.

The changes, which go into effect next spring, will affect hundreds of thousands of students. It is part of the state’s proposed plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law that replaces No Child Left Behind. Many educators say they spend close to a month preparing students for the tests and administering exams.

“Teachers will be spending more time teaching,” said Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Source: Wolf announces reduction in classroom time for taking PSSA tests | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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