Exam season opens next week; teachers worry about fatigue

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Students may seem a bit haggard after school over the next two months after spending their days reviewing and then taking tests over the math, reading, science and other subjects they’ve learned this school year.

Every spring, Indiana tests students to see how well they’ve mastered the lessons taught in their third- through eighth-grade classes with the ISTEP exam. That test comes in two parts, an essay portion given in March and an online multiple-choice portion given at the end of April. Between those tests, third-graders also will take the IREAD-3 exam, which the state requires to see if students are reading at grade level.

Along with those state exams, students must complete the quizzes and tests given in their classes, along with periodic assessments teachers use to measure how well everyone in class is keeping up.

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