Panel: School Testing Program Should Be Pared Down, More Focused

A panel examining North Carolina's public school testing program wants eight standardized exams changed or eliminated. It also says test questions must be more closely aligned with the current curriculum.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability gave its final report yesterday to a legislative committee. The commission found the current testing program doesn't ensure that students are ready for the global economy or for entering universities.

The panel said the 30 or so standardized tests a student could take don't provide enough information for teachers to help failing students.

Changes to the tests require approval from the State Board of Education and possibly the General Assembly.