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Fewer standardized tests for students in Dougherty Co.

A new Senate bill means students in 3rd through 8th grade will have a couple less standardized tests this year.  (Source: WALB) A new Senate bill means students in 3rd through 8th grade will have a couple less standardized tests this year.  (Source: WALB)
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Dougherty County Schools, Lynn Parker. Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Dougherty County Schools, Lynn Parker.
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A new Senate bill means students in 3rd through 8th grade will have a couple less standardized tests this year. 

Rather than being tested in science and social studies from 3rd through 8th grade, students will only be tested in 5th and 8th. 

Students will still take ELA and math test, which lasts three days. 

The director of curriculum and instruction for Dougherty County Schools, Lynn Parker, says for young kids, they will have two less days of state testing rather than a whole week. 

"This does cut down on the stress for students, it cuts down on the amount of time taking for testing, plus the amount of time it takes for testing because the fewer days you allocate for instruction," said Parker.

She says the school system still checks to make sure the teachers are spending time incorporating science and social studies into their curriculum. 

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