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Area schools are in the midst of the standardized tesing season for their students and schools and the state seem to be hitting their stride with the latest standardized tests that around three years old.
 
Superintendent of Maroa-Forsyth Schools, Mike Williams says the challenges of the first few years of the common core curriculum and it's PARCC standardized testing seem to be in the rear view mirror.
 
 
The first year of the testing, the window to administer the tests was more open than it is now. He says the State of Illinois essentially gives schools a window of the month of April to get the tests done.
 
 
While standardized testing is a part of the educational process and evaluation of schools from a State level, many school leaders contend it takes away too much time from the classroom and some material in the assessments may not have been covered yet in ther curriculum.
 
 
While things continue to get better, Williams believes there still room to improve. 

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