One North Carolina district may back away from state testing plan

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wake County school leaders hope to get state permission for an alternative to the plan to make all the district’s third-grade students take 36 mini-tests in the coming months, after facing questions on whether the approach amounts to excessive testing.

School districts across North Carolina are requiring the assessments as a means of creating a track record for each child. Potentially, such a record could show that a child who fails the state’s end-of-grade reading test this spring actually knows the material well enough to move on to fourth grade.

But the plan has produced a backlash from parents, teachers and state legislators who say it’s an overreaction to Read to Achieve, a law passed in 2012 to curb social promotion. School leaders say they’re listening to the concerns.

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