Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy.

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same subject.

The rules will apply to students taking American literature, United States history and economics.

All high school students must still take state exams in ninth-grade literature, algebra, biology, physical science and geology. The first three of those are required by federal law.

State Superintendent Richard Woods has made it a goal to cut down on state tests, especially those not required by federal law.

Georgia also requires social studies tests in fifth and eighth grade that are not required by federal law.

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