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Reading program for NC students changed by Senate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's new requirements for third graders to show that they're proficient in reading are being changed by senators in response to complaints from educators and parents.

The Senate Education Committee approved changes Wednesday to the "Read to Achieve" law championed by Senate leader Phil Berger. It gives third-graders five ways to show they meet reading standards so they can be promoted.

One path having students taking up to 36 in-class mini-tests in the second half of the school year bothered some people who worried it would increase the burden of standardized tests on students.

The changes would allow the mini-tests to begin earlier in the school year. It also gives districts more flexibility to implement summer reading camps and gives additional exemptions to prevent students from being held back.

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