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Length of test for Wisconsin students cut by 60 percent

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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.

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