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H1N1 means Madison academic tests come early

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metropolitan School District is pushing principals to administer state standardized tests several weeks early because of the H1N1 virus.

Madison schools spokesperson Joe Quick says the district is concerned about widespread absences from swine flu.

The state Department of Public Instruction is allowing schools to give the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam as early as Oct. 9. The usual testing period is between Oct. 26 and Nov. 27.

The state tests are used as a key tool for rating schools and meeting requirements under No Child Left Behind.

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