AUSTIN (AP) — State-mandated exams are getting shorter for Texas students in grades 3 to 8.READ MORE: Grand Jury Declines To Indict 8 Collin County Detention Officers Fired Following Marvin Scott's In-Custody Death
The Legislature this session approved a requirement that State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests, be less time-consuming for young students.
It mandates that 85 percent of students in grades 3 to 5 complete the tests in two hours, and that 85 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th graders finish their tests in three hours.READ MORE: Selection Of Vacation Home Rentals Getting Sparse
Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Friday that, next year only, the number of questions on exams in grades 3 to 8 would be cut from eight to five.
Also, 2016 STAAR writing tests for grades 4 and 7 have been reconfigured.
Data collected during testing periods next year will inform future adjustments to exams in grades 3 to 8.MORE NEWS: 2nd Person Charged In Death Of Texas 5-Year-Old Whose Body Was Discovered In Motel
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