Standardized Test

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Thousands of students across North Carolina have begun taking standardized end-of-year exams. Those kids who finish early are used to taking a nap or staring blankly into space. But there’s actually another option.  They can pick up a book. 

Districts have long been warning parents that students scored much lower on last year’s end-of-course and end-of-grade test scores.  That’s because tests have changed and standards are higher.  Today, we’ll finally learn how school districts performed on those tests.  WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us in the studio. 

Kids are half-way through the school year and no doubt talk of end of year tests has already come up in class.  There are some big changes in store for students across the state.  For one, there will be a lot more end of year tests and they won’t just be multiple choice.  They’ll include essay questions.  It’s not just kids that’ll be tested.  It’ll be a test for teachers in more ways than one. WFAE’s Lisa Miller is in the studio to talk about these changes, including a flood of new tests.