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Virginia House Republicans say reducing the number of state Standards of Learning exams given to students from 34 to 26 is a key part of their education agenda this legislative session.
Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun) says students are tested too often and too much time is spent teaching test-taking skills rather than critical thinking.
Efforts to reduce the number of standardized tests are likely to be met with broad support. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is signaling a desire for fewer tests.
Majority Leader Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights says he is glad McAuliffe was supportive, and it is time to get started on enacting the changes.