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School Board Looks At Reading Aptitude Methods

RALEIGH (AP) - The State Board of Education is looking at alternatives local school districts want to use to evaluate third-graders on new reading standards but that would avoid more high-stakes testing.

The board was scheduled to meet Thursday to consider requests by about 30 districts seeking help to carry out a 2012 law designed to make third-graders meet proficiency standards in reading before they can be promoted.

The law provides several pathways to advance, including one in which teachers give as many as 36 mini-tests to students. District leaders are worried that method could force lots of kids to attend summer reading camps before promotion.

Senate leader Phil Berger championed the Read to Achieve law and is defending its goals. Gov. Pat McCrory urged the board Wednesday to provide districts with flexibility.


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