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Perdue gives tests bill an unsatisfactory grade

Posted March 18, 2011

High school students will have four fewer end-of-course tests to worry about next year, but it won't be with the blessing of Gov. Beverly Perdue, a former teacher.

Perdue said Friday that she would allow House Bill 48 to become law without her signature after hearing from teachers that they dislike the state's current testing system.

The bill calls for ending state-mandated standardized tests in U.S. history, algebra 2, physical science and civics and economics next school year. None is required by the federal government.

Republican lawmakers said they would rather have no testing system in place than one they believe doesn't work.

"Personally, I believe the tests now used in school systems are due for change," Perdue said in a statement. "I’ve talked to many teachers and heard from education leaders across the state. It’s clear that current testing does not accomplish our shared goal of excellent teachers in every classroom and the best schools for our children in every community.

"But let me be very clear – I do not support simply eliminating testing. This state must have some process in place for identifying areas in need of improvement."

She urged lawmakers to work with the State Board of Education to develop a new accountability system for North Carolina's public schools.

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  • wildcat Mar 22, 2011

    A lot of students do not care about the test and do not try to pass them.
    hermanrooker

    exactly. they know these tests are very meaningful to the teachers and not them.

  • wildcat Mar 22, 2011

    So THAT's why we have so many people that can't read and write!
    driverkid3

    yes, because they focus too much on the students passing the tests. teachers have even been caught cheating for the students so that they will pass. How horrible is that?

  • hermanrooker Mar 22, 2011

    Having taught school, I think to many test are bad for students. A lot of students do not care about the test and do not try to pass them.

  • driverkid3 Mar 19, 2011

    So THAT's why we have so many people that can't read and write!