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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