- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Public Schools plan to reduce total district-level mandated testing days by 50 percent, boosting instructional time.

The announcement Thursday from Michigan’s largest public school district says the change will allow for more real-time assessments in classrooms. The district says it still will be able to meet testing requirements from the Michigan Department of Education.

Two district-mandated reading and math assessments will be eliminated along with several pre- and post-tests related to core subject areas. The district says teachers, principals, administrators, students and families were a part of the decision to cut tests.

State-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley says it’s a “tangible example of how DPS is becoming a more efficient and effective school system focused on improving student achievement.” The district has been under state oversight since 2009.

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