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Maryland students will take fewer tests next year
Maryland students will take fewer tests next year

Amid an outpouring of frustration about the amount of public school testing, education leaders in Maryland and 10 other states decided this week to cut back on the reading and math tests introduced only three months ago. The testing won't be completed until early June, but the outcry was strong enough to force action on next year's test by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium of states that developed the test to align with the Common Core standards. "Next year's PARCC tests will take less time away from lessons and cause less disruption to school schedules," said Maryland Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery. ...