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Tests decline with budgets

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia students will take fewer standardized tests because of the budget crisis.

Education spending cuts will eliminate Criterion Referenced Competency Tests for first and second graders and the writing test for third and fifth graders.

Dougherty County's Testing coordinator isn't sorry to see the tests go.

Renee Bridges says the tests for early grades were much different from what students experience in third grade when it counts. 

"The reading passages are very long and to have to sit still for that amount of time for three consecutive days I think there are better ways to asses first and second graders more with performance based assessments," said Bridges.

The schools still have other tests for measuring students progress, including 9-week exams. Some Advanced Placement students will also have to start paying to take AP exams.

The state will now only pay for students who receive free or reduced lunch.

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