State School Superintendent Richard Woods has been busy of late— first announcing some “good” testing news and then blasting as “untrue” media misinformation based on a statistical data service study.

First, the good news. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, students will take fewer tests due to a reduction of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) required for schools to administer. “I have always believed that we test our students too much,” Woods said. “Eliminating some of the Student Learning Objectives is a step toward reducing the overall number of tests given to students, which will give our teachers more time for instruction and help our students focus on learning instead of testing. This change is another step toward a more responsible accountability model.” 

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