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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Montgomery County Board of Education has voted to tentatively approve a plan that would eliminate high school final exams next school year.

Board members voted Tuesday for the proposal in which two-hour end-of-semester exams would be replaced by shorter assessments given each marking period, such as unit tests and projects.

Board President Patricia O'Neill says the new approach will give educators more instructional time and allow students to be assessed in different ways.

School officials say the new assessments will be centrally developed and consistent throughout the district.

Final exams currently make up 25 percent of a student's final grade and the school system is still working on a new grading system.

The county's board of education is seeking public input on the grading system and the overall plan.

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