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.

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