From EdNC’s Alex Granados:
Both the Senate and the House approved last night a compromise version of Senate Bill 621, which will eliminate the NC Final Exams in North Carolina beginning in 2020-21. The State Board of Education and state Department of Public Instruction are charged in the bill with coming up with an alternative way to accomplish the goals of the NC Final Exams, including measuring student growth for teachers in grades and subjects that do not have end-of-grade or end-of-course tests.
The bill will also direct local districts to reduce the number of local tests they give if the amount of time students spend on such tests exceeds the state average.
The House voted 105-12 for the bill. The Senate voted 43-0.
The Fordham Institute released this report this morning: End-of-Course Exams and Student Outcomes
"While pursuing higher education is still a pathway to higher incomes over a person’s lifetime, student loan debt threatens to undermine this promise in North Carolina and nationwide."... Read the rest