Dayton finds Minnesota school testing excessive

  • Associated Press
  • April 30, 2014 - 8:10 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton says he finds the amount of mandatory testing by Minnesota schools excessive and counterproductive.

Dayton said in his State of the State address Wednesday night that he doesn't want to abandon testing — just make it more efficient and effective.

The Democratic governor says he is asking the Minnesota Department of Education to prepare an analysis for the 2015 Legislature of all the tests now required at each grade level.

Dayton also wants the department to recommend which tests could be streamlined, combined or eliminated. And he urges next year's lawmakers to work with state and national experts to reduce the amount of school testing and allow teachers to spend their time teaching students.

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