Duval County's superintendent cuts back on testing

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 7:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 7:39 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — The new superintendent of Duval County schools is cutting out a series of student testing that leave "too little time for learning."

The new policy begins Nov. 26. School officials say the policy won't affect the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests, which are required by the state.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/SfdXHn ) reports the district will cut eight other types of testing of students in reading, math and science.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says the new policy will make room for another five to 10 days of teaching each school year. Vitti says schools had booked more tests than the calendar could handle.

Teacher's union president Terrie Brady calls the move "a huge step in the right direction."

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