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House votes to eliminate NC Final Exams

The North Carolina House voted 117-1 to eliminate NC Final Exams today. 

The legislation would only affect classes not aligned with federal requirements — that is, classes where federal requirements do not require the state provide performance data. 

In place of those exams, teachers would develop their own end-of-year tests for students. 

The move is being made in an attempt to alleviate concerns about over testing.

“You see there is an outcry…over the amount of standardized testing we have in schools,” said Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes, one of the bill’s primary sponsors. 

The NC Final Exams are tests given in subjects that do not have an end-of-grade or end-of-course exams. They contribute to a student’s grade and serve as part of teacher evaluation. 

The bill now heads to the Senate. 

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.