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Changes In PARCC Testing Coming Next School Year

Students in Ohio, 10 other states and the District of Columbia will spend 90 minutes less next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to the requirements.

The decision was made by the states and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC. The tests are administered to students in grades three to eight and once in high school. The decision means the math and English exams will only be given once a year instead of twice. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The PARCC’s Governing Board, which includes state education commissioners and superintendents from around the country, has decided to scale back on testing to just one window late in the year. This year there were two testing periods, with the first in February.  
 
Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, said the two-window system did not leave a lot of time for actual instruction.  
 
“And this will certainly give our teachers an opportunity to spend more time on instruction rather than for preparing for tests and using class time to actually taking tests,” Cropper said.  
 
Cropper and a state advisory panel would like to see more changes, such as additional transparency with the testing questions and faster results.