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Perdue pushes for diagnostic assessment devices for teachers

Posted June 18, 2010

— Gov. Bev Perdue is pushing for teachers across the state to have hand-held diagnostic assessment devices.

The mini-computers are available for math and reading for kindergarten through the third grade. The reading diagnostic scores five key areas including vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.

Currently, 39 schools in the state are using the devices.

"I do think that by putting this in the hands of teachers it would create a breakthrough in our reading program," Cumberland County teacher Kim Frazee said Friday.

The devices provide immediate feedback on a child's strengths, weaknesses and provide strategies for improvement.

"It would immediately show me the range that the child is in, if the child is at some risk, a low risk or at high risk," she said.

Perdue included nearly $39 million for the devices in her proposed budget, but has faced opposition from lawmakers. The state Senate included $15 million for the program in its budget and the House allotted no funding for the program.

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Perdue believes the funds are critical for the program to expand statewide. "Especially for lower performing schools where the kids need it more," Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said.

"If we don't invest in education now, we all suffer the consequences for years to come," Pearson said.

Lawmakers are dealing with an $800 million shortfall that could grow to $1.2 billion if the state doesn’t receive anticipated federal stimulus funds.

By law, the state must approve a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year by June 30.


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  • dahman Jun 22, 2010

    pudge perdue..........a one term governor.........you heard it here first!!!!

  • whatusay Jun 21, 2010

    What a waste of money!!

  • gingerlynn Jun 18, 2010

    Every teacher knows which kids are at risk already. It is just too bad they can't teach the ones who really want to learn because of the discipline problems of the rest

  • shortcake53 Jun 18, 2010

    More junk to waste our money on. Why cant teachers see who needs help by watching them work, checking papers, etc??? Seems to have worked just fine before.

  • Twittyfan Jun 18, 2010

    This is crazy!! Keep spending money that we don't have to spend. Why not spend the money on school supplies for the teachers and schools so parents that are on a fixed income or loss of a job can get a break. I think we can spend the money other than these gagets..

  • jnc67 Jun 18, 2010

    Once again, Bev is using teachers to "look" pro-teacher and try to gain our vote. Not only do we not need these "devices," we cannot afford them. We also cannot afford the training it will take to learn how to use them, and we cannot afford the time in our classrooms to implement them. Remember, because of layoffs all classrooms not controlled by the class-size-limit law will have between 38-42 students. Teachers are troopers and we will make it work, but don't try to trick us. Bev knows this will never fly. She is trying to "look" pro teacher and then blame the legislature when she doesn't get what she doesn't need.

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    Purdue do not know how to put things in order of importance. That is one of her real problems. He staff is not hitting on much either or she just don't listen to the people.

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    Purdue will not give people their money that they are owed from NC taxes. People want their money and she has had time to disperse it to the people.

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    This is a total waste of money with so many unemployed people out of work because of lay-offs. I will be so glad when voting time come so we all can vote this lady out of this position. She continues to mess up. I pray that it will not go through. She is just trying to make a name for herself or mess.

  • McLovin Jun 18, 2010

    Agreed affirmativediversity - this is an our rage BEV...you have your marbles mixed up way too much. You are off the chart to think that mini computers are going to help the state's education problems. Thats what you get for electing a moron female democrat...IMO