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Maryland moves to ditch current standardized tests

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will drop its standardized test, often criticized for being too time-consuming and disruptive to the school schedule.

WTOP-FM reported last week that Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference that officials "never want to see another one of these PARCC exams." The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests were once used in dozens of states as a way to compare student achievement scores across the country after the adoption of Common Core standards.

In Maryland, less than half the students can pass the test. The Baltimore Sun reports that the state is seeking bids from contractors to design a new assessment that takes less time to take and grade. It won't be implemented until the following school year.

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