Colorado school children are getting more than one testing break this week. A national consortium has reduced the number of standardized tests as well as the hours students will have to sit for them next year.

The decision by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, came the same day that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a reduction in state testing requirements.

The PARCC change means that students in grades 3 through 8 will take math and English tests once a year, instead of twice.

The changes came after a group made up of multiple states governing the PARCC test met and voted to reduce testing time.

Colorado is one of 11 states and the District of Columbia giving the PARCC test.