Education Panel To Consider New Testing Rules

The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to make it easier for schools to pass federal testing standards.

The News & Observer or Raleigh reported Tuesday board is to
consider a proposal to eliminate the results of several new exams
expected to have low passing rates when deciding if teachers get
bonuses. The rules likely would mean teachers would get millions of
dollar more in bonuses from the state than if the new test results
are counted.

The board will also seek federal permission to use lower standards to determine if a school is complying with the No Child Left Behind law.

A board committee was to discuss the changes Tuesday with the
full board to vote Thursday.

Teachers can get bonuses of $750 or $1,500, depending on the test results.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    How many of you parents attend "parent-teacher" meetings? How many of you set in on one or two of your childs classes? Do these two things and I think some of you would have more respect for teachers. I see no reason to dumb down test and or subjects. Most kids can't count money back to you after a purchase (the register tell them how much to return). How many of your kids can find Iraq on a globe, or point ouy the NC capitol. No we don't need to dumb down, for any reason.
  • by a teacher Location: chowan on Apr 1, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    Apparently after reading the first two responses on here, neither one of them have a clue about education in the public school system, or educators! Anyone that thinks that the standards are low for school systems, needs to come and sit in my third grade classroom. These children are expected to process higher level of thinking questions, and be able to think on a level that I know some adults cannot even do. It would blow your mind to see the work these children must produce to get through school! As for the teachers having three months off, yes we have the option of having the summer off, but ask around..... see how many teachers do not teach summer school, or work in their classroom throughout the summer, or better yet.... go and shadow a teacher for a day. We are teachers, mothers, nurses, social workers, and clergy all rolled into one! We earn our money just like everyone else. Ask around... see how many teachers do not take home work with them to do during the evenings!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    I think reasonably high standards should be set to ensure that all children are educated to their highest potential. However, I've noticed a couple of people stating that teachers have 3 months off. Yes, they do have a much needed and well-deserved summer vacation, but they are not paid for those few months which they are off. Teachers are so under-appreciated.
  • by j Location: nc on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    i agree to some degree with "a" below, that should be for students benefits they are the one's taking the test...teachers underpaid - they have off 3 months---
  • by A Location: Greenville on Apr 1, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I agree that NC teachers are underpaid, but to reduce the already low standards so that teachers can get a bonus is rediculous. If there is extra money for education, maybe it should be put into something to help our students, pass these tests, and be competitive academically with the rest of the advanced civilized world. Give the teachers the money because they have a hard job and do so much more than teach our youth, but also find a way to better educate our children.

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