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Reading program for N.C. students changed

By Gary D. Robertson
Associated Press

North Carolina’s new requirements for third-graders to show they’re reading proficient and should be promoted were altered Wednesday by Senate Republicans in response to complaints from educators and parents about testing anxiety.

The changes approved by the Senate Education Committee came from chamber leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. While third-graders have five ways to show they meet reading standards, one path requiring them to take up to 36 in-class mini-tests starting this calendar year caused the most hand-wringing.

Proposed changes would allow the tests to begin earlier in the school year. The bill also would give additional exemptions to some students, such as those with learning disabilities, to prevent them from being held back. Associated Press

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