NC making major changes to standardized testing

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

standardized testsStudents, parents and teachers in North Carolina are complaining about an overload of standardized testing, and their voices were heard.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says they surveyed parents and teachers to learn the extent of the problem, and more than 42,000 responded to the survey according to the state's public education website.

"Over 75 percent of parents and teachers say that we are testing our students too much in school," he tells OneNewsNow. "We're taking up too much time testing and it's taking away time from learning."

There is also the issue of stressed-out students, he adds.

The state agency is now working with local leaders to reduce the number of tests, and tests that will continue will have fewer questions and require less time.

"We need to know how students are doing in school because we need to know that they're successfully on their steps to their American dream," he says of the issue. "We have to make sure that they're doing well. But we can do that without all this testing."

Johnson adds that the problem is nationwide and he's hoping other states will follow North Carolina's example.

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