- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel reviewing how to reduce school testing practices has released its final report.

The recommendations will now be adopted or rejected by local school boards by Sept. 1, and the state school board by Oct. 1.

One suggestion is for local school systems to create district committees on assessments to review all local mandated assessments and propose testing reductions to their school boards.

Another would eliminate the state’s social studies test for middle school students.

Betty Weller, president of the state’s teachers’ union, says it’s disappointed the commission’s work didn’t result in more immediate and far-reaching recommendations. But she says the union is encouraged by several of the proposed ideas and wants to work with local school systems to put them into action.

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