Testing in N.C. schools could get less stressful

Some of North Carolina’s high-stakes standardized student tests are about to get shorter, and schools may not have to scramble looking for people to proctor the exams anymore.

State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced several changes that the state Department of Public Instruction will make for testing this school year that he says should reduce the amount of stress on students and teachers. Changes include state exams with fewer questions, allowing students to leave the exams sooner and easing rules requiring exam proctors.

“We will be working with local superintendents and state leaders to reform the system of over-testing,” Johnson said in a press release. “That way, we can give the teachers the time to do what they entered the profession to do: teach.”


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