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Maryland General Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Hours of Testing in Schools

With unanimous votes in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate, the General Assembly passed a bill that would limit how many hours of standardized testing school students can be made to undergo each year

The bill would cap testing at 2.2 percent of overall classroom time in a year — about 24 hours in elementary and middle school and 26 hours in high school.

The state teachers union argues that students are required to take too many tests, costing them hundreds of hours of time that could otherwise be spent learning over the course of their school careers. The Maryland State Education Association supported the bill.

“Educators applaud legislative leaders in both parties for coming together to establish a common sense safeguard against over-testing in our schools,” Betty Weller, the association’s president, said in a statement. “This means our kids will have more time to learn important well-rounded skills, and our teachers can get back to why they went into the profession in the first place: inspiring their students to love learning.”