ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland educators are launching an advertising campaign to reduce standardized testing requirements.

The campaign kicking off Monday is called “Less Testing, More Learning.” It includes 10 teachers and education support professionals from across the state who talk about concerns about too much testing.

Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, says standardized testing takes far too much time away from learning.

The $500,000 advertising campaign will continue through the month of September as children return to school. It will include two weeks of television ads in the Baltimore and Washington media markets. It also will include two weeks of radio ads in Baltimore, three weeks of statewide digital ads and four weeks of Pandora Internet radio ads.

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