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Education
7:01 am
Wed January 14, 2015

NC Education Leaders Want To Cut End-Of-Grade Testing

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Education leaders are considering drastically cutting the number of standardized tests for public school students.

Members of a state task force charged with studying how often students are tested have drafted a proposal that would eliminate almost all end-of-grade tests and end-of-course tests.

“Right now, we know that too much weight is put on end-of-grade tests and end-of-course tests,” said Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor, who’s on the task force.

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Education
3:17 am
Wed January 14, 2015

North Carolina Rethinks The Common Core

Math scores at McMichael High School have improved.
Courtesy of McMichael High School

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:49 pm

It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.

And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.

It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.

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Education
11:56 am
Thu January 8, 2015

NC High School Students Will Be Graded On 10-Point Scale

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All North Carolina high school students will be graded on a 10-point scale starting next school year, a change State Board of Education members approved Thursday. 

That means students will earn A’s if they score between 90 and 100. Currently, they’re graded on a 7-point scale.

State officials had previously decided in October to phase in the new 10-point scale with next year’s freshmen class. But Rebecca Garland, Deputy State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction, said that decision upset parents, students, teachers and superintendents.

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Education
8:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Wake Schools To Support "High-Needs" Schools With Extra Resources

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Wake County School leaders hope to spend millions over the next few years to help support their high-poverty schools.

Officials identified 12 “high-needs” elementary schools earlier this year that will receive extra resources like professional development and more pay for teachers.

“One immediate need that we saw in a lot of the schools had to do with vacancies,” said Cathy Moore, Wake's deputy superintendent for school performance, at a recent school board meeting. 

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Education
7:51 am
Thu December 18, 2014

NC Closer To Opening Its First-Ever Virtual Charter Schools

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The state is closer to opening two virtual charter schools. A special committee on Wednesday cleared two applications of proposed charter schools that would be operated by for-profit companies.

North Carolina Virtual Academy would be managed by K12 Inc., which has had student performance problems in other states, while N.C. Connections Academy would be affiliated with Connections Education.

On Wednesday, the state committee took turns firing off questions to the two eager applicants.

There was the biggest and most obvious question:

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Education
8:20 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Driver’s Ed Funding Cuts Hurt Students, Wake Officials Say

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Wake County school leaders said Thursday that the state’s decision to eliminate funding for driver’s education could put students at risk and lead to higher costs for families and taxpayers.

This summer, state lawmakers passed legislation to eliminate the $26 million school districts now receive to fund the program. That means starting next July, when the new fiscal year begins, districts will have to find other means to cover program costs.

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Education
8:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

NC Panel Identifies Top Priorities For Revising Common Core Standards

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Members of a state commission have identified their top priorities for revising the Common Core academic standards used for North Carolina’s public school students.  

At a meeting Monday, they said they want to focus on increasing flexibility for teachers and school districts, rewriting the standards so they’re clear and understandable, and identifying standards that are developmentally inappropriate.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Review of Academic Centers at UNC Campuses

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

    

Members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors heard presentations Wednesday and Thursday from centers and institutes across the system as they consider possible cuts. 

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Education
8:48 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Partisan Agenda Or Fair Representation: UNC Board of Governors Considers Cuts

Protesters lined a walk way at UNC-Chapel Hill Wednesday, before a Board of Governors work group convened.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Update Friday 5:00 p.m.:

Listen to Frank Stasio's conversation with reporter Jeff Tiberii here. Tiberii has been attending and reporting on the meetings this week.

Update Friday 9:27 a.m.:

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Education
9:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

North Carolina: Conservatives, Educators Debate Content Of AP U.S. History Class

Melissa Hayden teaches her AP U.S. History class in Pittsboro, North Carolina at Northwood High School.
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At a high school in Chatham County, Melissa Hayden reminds her students about tomorrow’s big history test. They’re learning about the populism movement and western expansion.

But before they delve into those lessons, Hayden begins class with something she read in the news.

“Let’s see, this is an article that I printed off in Newsweek last night,” says Hayden, an Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher at Northwood High School.  

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