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NY gets waiver to eliminate double math test

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Some New York seventh- and eighth-grade students will have one less math exam to take after the state received a waiver from the federal government.

New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. sought the waiver so that advanced students who take the math Regents exam in seventh- or eighth grade can skip the general seventh- or eighth-grade state math assessment.

King says the decision affects nearly 60,000 students and is part of New York's efforts to reduce the amount of time students spend on tests.

The waiver granted Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education was needed because federal law requires states to use the same assessments for all students in a grade. Before the waiver, advanced math students have had to take both tests.

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