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Obama Calls For Limits On Standardized Tests In Schools

WASHINGTON (CBS) -- Think your child spends too much time in the classroom taking tests? The president agrees.

President Barack Obama is unveiling an education plan that calls for standardized testing to take up no more than 2 percent of classroom time.

In a video posted to Facebook, the president said he hears from parents who worry about too much testing and believes moderation is the best approach.

"Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble. So we're going to work with states, school districts, teachers, and parents to make sure that we're not obsessing about testing, that the principles I just outlined are reflected in classrooms throughout the country—to make sure that our kids are enjoying learning, that our teachers are able to operate with creativity, to make sure we are preparing our kids for a lifetime of success." —President Obama

Posted by The Obama White House on Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble," Obama said.

The president said he'll direct the Department of Education to work aggressively with states and local districts to make sure testing isn't an obsession in schools.

"Tests shouldn't occupy too much classroom time or crowd out teaching and learning," Obama said. "Tests should enhance teaching and learning."

Obama also said schools should look at more than just test scores when evaluating a student's performance.

"When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test, what I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself."

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