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SEP 05, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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More rigorous NC standards to mean lower scores

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina parents can expect initially lower standardized test scores for their children and local public schools once state educators officially raise the bar for passing grades, state schools superintendent June Atkinson says. The new standards, approved previously by the state board, are designed to increase standards that determine grade-level proficiency and how prepared students are to enter college or a career path. [...] the Department of Public Instruction projects with the new standards only 40 percent of the fifth graders that took end-of-grade reading ... Read More

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