State to decrease days of Common Core testing

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ALBANY -

State education officials voted Monday to cut the number of English and math testing days for students in grades three through eight.

"Last year, we reduced the number of test questions and moved to un-timed testing," says MaryEllen Elia, the state education commissioner. "Today's decision is another important step in our efforts to deliver a rigorous testing regimen that is responsive to the public's concerns."

Beginning next spring, students will face four days of testing, rather than six.

The Board of Regents says the decision will help more schools transition sooner to computer-based testing. Next month Common Core will be re-dubbed the Next Generation Learning Standards.

Several teachers who spoke with News 12 said they supported the move.

The standardized tests are still unpopular among parents and students. About 20 percent of children in the state have opted out of Common Core testing.

"I think it puts a lot of pressure on the kids," says Cydney Cargill, of Port Chester. "Some of those kids are struggling already, and that testing makes them very anxious."

The state also plans to further overhaul its standardized testing by 2020.

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