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McCrory says aide will review NC student testing

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Gov. Pat McCrory says it seems like North Carolina public school students take too many standardized tests and he'd like to see them reduced.

McCrory's office said he visited the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh Wednesday and talked about student testing.

The governor says a cumulative 194 tests were given this year to students in fourth through 12th grades after another 30 were adopted last year under the state's Race to the Top plan. The state received $400 million in federal funds through Race to the Top.

"I don't think there are too many (tests)… I think testing is good you have to challenge the kids to know what they're learning," said parent, Justin Porter.

 "I don't really mind all the tests we have to take because that is what makes me remember (the material) anyways," said student, Jonah Skousen.

"It is frustrating. They need to stop so much of this testing and start teaching more of what they want (students) to learn," said parent, Donald Smith.

The governor says he wants high standards but is worried too much testing could actually hurt those efforts.'

McCrory says he's asked his senior education adviser to review the Race to the Top proposal and see where testing could be eliminated.

"As a teacher I was concerned about the number of tests and as a state superintendent of public instruction I am concerned that we have the right balance," said State Superintendent, June Atkinson.

Atkinson said further review would be required to determine if the state currently requires too many tests.

"However testing is a part of teaching. If you do not know what your students know and are able to do, then how do you know what to teach next?" said Atkinson.

 

 

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