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Dayton wants to give students a break from (some) standardized testing

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Governor Dayton's approval rating is likely to improve among a demographic that isn't even allowed to vote – Minnesota's school children, whom Dayton says are tested too often.

In a letter to Minnesota lawmakers this week, Dayton called for a dramatic reduction in the amount of standardized testing currently administered in the state's schools, the Star Tribune reports. He wants to cut it by a third.

According to the paper, the governor say preparing for such testing takes up teachers' valuable time, muddling their "creativity" as well as their ability to reach their students.

The assessment programs are administered under the federal No Child Left Behind law, which was designed to increase public school students' math and reading proficiency by 2014, says the Pioneer Press.

The paper explains that Dayton's proposal would probably need federal approval to comply with No Child Left Behind.

If approved, seven tests affecting students from the third through twelfth grades would be nixed.

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