School Superintendent 'Pleased' by Obama Push to Limit Tests

School Testing
Posted at 9:31 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-27 17:37:48-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top education official says he is "pleased" by President Barack Obama's call on Saturday to cap time spent on standardized testing.


State School Superintendent Richard Woods said Tuesday that the department is looking over the Obama administration's proposal to limit testing to two percent of classroom time. Woods, a Republican, frequently criticized standardized testing during his run for the office and has begun developing an audit of all tests Georgia students take.


Woods says the state must act on the federal government's "willingness to provide flexibility."


States can't be forced to limit testing but the Obama administration has directed the U.S. Education Department to make satisfying federal testing requirements easier.

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