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New NC schools report card measures life skills

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North Carolina's public schools are getting a new report card, and state officials are putting out word that this time the grades test whether children are on track for life.

The new READY assessment of student progress being released for the first time Thursday measures whether children are learning what they need for success in college, careers and a competitive world. The report replaces the ABCs of Public Education, which for 16 years tested the lower goal of whether children were ready to advance to the next grade.

State school officials expect the data to show a much lower percentage of students considered proficient learners. They say students meeting the proficiency standard dropped below 50 percent when New York and Kentucky started testing the measure a couple of years ago.

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