Ohio house bill limits time students spend on standardized tests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill that would limit time students in the state’s public schools spend on standardized tests.

The measure approved in the House on Thursday would limit testing time beginning next school year to no more than four hours per subject each year. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The goal is to allow more time for teaching.

Rep. Anne Gonzales, a Westerville Republican and co-sponsor of the bill, says teachers are now spending more time testing than teaching.

The sponsors say they are responding to parents, teachers and students who complain that increased standardized testing forces teachers to focus more on test content and reduces local control over curriculum.

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