- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials are praising New Mexico for helping reduce the time students use to take standardized tests.

But New Mexico Public Education Department says more than 60 percent of school districts unnecessarily are duplicating assessments in at least one area on districts’ tests.

Officials say that’s hurting state efforts to reduce the testing time statewide.

The “New Mexico Assessment Inventory” released Friday showed that state-mandated testing time had declined between 2010 and 2015 by around 2.5 hours for across all grades. And state officials expect to see further reduction in testing time by 90 minutes next year.

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says districts duplicating work should look to those such as Aztec and Las Cruces where testing times have been reduced.

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