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Liz Bell is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a graduate from the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, and The News and Observer. In her free time, she likes to travel and watch too many movies.

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Johnson sticks by Istation pick, explains controversial evaluation process

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson stood by his choice to switch to a new tool from a company called...

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Senate Democrats call for legislative review of DPI’s Istation pick

Updated: 5:18 p.m., July 30, 2019: Berger declined to establish the review committee, saying in a letter to Democrats: “It...

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Why are parents and educators calling for an investigation of Istation pick?

Parents, educators, and activists are calling for an outside investigation into the process that led Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark...

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DPI documents reveal confusion over narrative surrounding Istation decision

Department of Public Instruction (DPI) documents released Friday outline the process that led to Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s...

Leandro and myFutureNC commission members talk goals, implementation at Bridge

Two groups in North Carolina, formed for different reasons, are thinking big-picture about the state’s educational continuum and reimagining how...

Statewide leaders discuss readiness and attainment at Bridge

The leaders of different educational systems in North Carolina, state legislators, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest all spoke at EducationNC’s...

Policies in focus: Building better early childhood systems and the importance of school leadership

During Bridge, participants heard from experts on early childhood and school leadership during policy breakout sessions. Mandy Ableidinger, policy and...

Louisiana and Tennessee education leaders share reform strategies at Bridge

During Bridge, participants heard from education leaders in two states, Louisiana and Tennessee, that have pursued innovative reform strategies that...

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Plan to switch literacy assessments underway, state will delay official metrics collection for six months

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson outlined an implementation plan Friday on a call with State Board of Education (SBE)...

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We asked K-3 teachers what they thought about switching literacy assessment tools. Over 400 told us.

All comments in this post were submitted by K-3 teachers in North Carolina via a survey on our Reach NC...

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Leandro commission close to final recommendations on ensuring sound, basic education

Tuesday’s meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education was supposed to be its last, but the...

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New literacy assessment vendor Istation defends its platform, calls Amplify’s protest ‘frivolous’

Istation, the literacy assessment vendor Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson chose for K-3 classrooms across the state in June,...