Students Will See Changes As Common Core Testing Begins

Students Will See Changes As Common Core Testing Begins

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Students from third to eighth grade are preparing for Common Core testing.

The English portion begins Wednesday.

This year, in response to feedback from parents and teachers, the state has reduced the length of the exams from three days of testing to two days.

Jeff Ginger is the principal at Mannsville Elementary School. He says fewer days will hopefully mean less fatigue and more accurate results for students taking the exams.

"We don't want it to be about how long was the test, we want it to be about how valid and reliable was the test," he said.

The Common Core standards were met with some opposition when they were rolled out in 2012, with many students opting out of the exams.

The superintendents at General Brown and Watertown City school districts both say they're seeing fewer students opt-out than in the past. However, they say there isn't any specific cause to point to for that change.

Ginger says the state is taking positive steps in improving Common Core.

"I'm pleased with the changes that we're seeing. It's moving in a direction I think that teachers feel is appropriate. I think assessments are a necessary evil, but we want to make sure those assessments are, again, valid and reliable testing the things they're supposed to test," he said.

Students will take the math portion of Common Core in May.

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