State To Review School Testing

Recommendations from a committee of State Board of Education members could affect how North Carolina students are tested -- and how teachers get bonuses.

Board vice chairman Wayne McDevitt headed up the group that reviewed recommendations of a commission on testing and accountability.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that McDevitt recommended using high school graduation rates to help determine bonuses for
teachers. The paper reports that about 70 percent of students
graduate high school in five years.

The board also recommended replacing state writing tests in some grades with alternative writing assignments.

The Board of Education will take public comments on the changes before voting next month.


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  • by Lori Location: Eastern nc on May 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    WITN, could you tell me who to contact about being able to comment on this issue before the voting next month. Thanks
  • by Bill Sprenkle Location: Washington on May 1, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    I am for all forms of LEGAL immigration and temporary worker programs. But, I am against any action to legalize those that are here illegally now. They have no respect for our laws now, they won't be better citizens just because we make them legal. And what is the message we are sending to others that desire to come to the US. They ALL must leave and come back in the LEGAL way. And if we catch them as illegal aliens, then they should NEVER be able to return to this country. Also, we must change the 14th amendment to eliminate the so called "anchor baby". No child born here should be an automatic American citizen, that child should be the same citizenship as the Mother. And that does not gualify an illegal alien Father to stay in this country, just because a US citizen female got pregnant to foreigner, who is here illegally. Our congress has NO respect for the country and citizens they swore to serve and protect.
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