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Snow days cut into spring break for some schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota schools have lost so many days of classes to snow and cold this winter that at least two districts plan to carve time out of students' spring breaks to help them prepare for upcoming exams or catch up on lessons.

Minneapolis expects 2,800 students from kindergarten to eighth-grade to attend its first Spring Break Academy. In Stillwater, some schools are asking students to use part of their vacation to take a practice version of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests.

It's not clear how much the extra time will help. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says she doesn't fault schools for finding extra time to prepare students for their tests, but she's not convinced the extra work will do much to improve their scores.