Governor modifies school test system

Changes made to length and timing

Governor makes changes to school tests

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Governor Tom Wolf is making more changes to the state's standardized testing system.

Wolf says the length of the PSSA tests will be reduced from three weeks to two weeks.

He also says the testing period will move later into the year.

Wolf says the changes are designed to provide students with more time to focus on learning -- which should help them do better on the tests.

"One of the things that came through loud and clear was that we were spending too much time in our schools on testing," Wolf said. "We were learning to the test. We were teaching to the test. That's not the way education is supposed to go."

The changes take effect next school year, but there already are some changes to this year's tests.

Officials say two of the test days will be eliminated, and two sections of the test will be cut.

More information is available on the official state video "Governor Wolf Announces Additional Standardized Testing Reductions for Pennsylvania Students, Teachers." Scroll down to click on the video.

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