That's the scenario presented by state testing director Lou Fabrizio. Without revising the standards, students in most grades could pass math tests by answering fewer than half the multiple-choice questions correctly. Eighth-graders could pass by answering between 33 percent and 35 percent of the questions correctly. Teachers say that can be done just by luck. Students in grades 3 through 8 took new end-of-grade math tests in May that were based on a more rigorous curriculum. The board plans to decide next week whether to raise standards before it releases scores from those tests. Fabrizio says to keep the same standards North Carolina must reduce the number of correct answers needed for a passing score.
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