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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Cramming for finals could become a thing of the past for some students in suburban Washington.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, school board is backing a plan to end final exams in middle school. The board is also looking closely at a proposal to scrap high school finals.

The end of finals for high school students could begin as soon as the next school year.

Board president Patricia B. O'Neill says the move means more instructional time for students. In Loudoun County, Virginia, the school system recently made a move in the same direction.

Don Rush

Middle school students in the Indian River School District could push back start and dismissal times by 15 minutes in an effort to get double usage from the school buses.

School officials say that this has become necessary because of the growth of the population in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele told WBOC that this was the only option because “We were really kinda bursting at the seams.”

Steele noted that last year the kindergarten went from half day to full day which meant that more students were using the school buses.