Length of test for Wisconsin students cut by 60 percent
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin grade school students will spend 60 percent less time taking a state-mandated test this spring.
The state Department of Public Instruction notified schools this week that the total time required to take the language-arts portion of the Badger Exam is being reduced from 4 hours to just 1 1/2 hours.
Department spokesman John Johnson said Wednesday that DPI officials decided to drop a writing test portion of the exam after getting feedback that it was taking students a long time to complete it.
Johnson says even without that portion, the test will still meet federal requirements.
Students in grades 3 through 8 are taking the exam between March 30 and May 22.