- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is calling steps to shorten the exam time for Indiana’s standardized test welcome news for students, parents and teachers.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced plans Friday to cut about three hours from this year’s ISTEP+ testing by eliminating some questions.

Pence says the action will lessen the burden on children and schools.

Pence began pushing on Monday for moves to shorten the exam and hired two outside experts who are working with the state Department of Education.

Many parents and educators have complained about initial total testing times doubling to about 12 hours after the state adopted new school standards.

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