Split NC education board OKs new testing levels



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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A split North Carolina State Board of Education has agreed to change how students will be labeled based on standardized test scores in a move which means more students will be considered proficient in skills and courses.

Thursday's decision expands the number of achievement levels from four to five starting with this year's tests. The change affects students for all end-of-grade and end-of-course tests but is expected to reduce how many third-graders could be held back on reading or attend summer reading camps. Districts have been worried they would be unable to handle all the students deemed not proficient on reading based on a new law.

The board's vote was 8-4, with some members worried the change will bring confusion and won't provide extra help to children struggling with reading.

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