Testing http://wunc.org en Kids And Testing: Tell Us Your Story http://wunc.org/post/kids-and-testing-tell-us-your-story <p></p><p>Many children face anxiety about tests. Sometimes, as the End of Grade or End of Class tests loom, that anxiety grows.&nbsp;</p><p>We want to hear from NC parents.</p><ul><li>What are you seeing at home?</li><li>Is your child expressing anxiety about the tests?</li><li>What conversations have you had, or what have you seen?</li><li>Do you have an interesting plan to help your child through this time?</li></ul><p>Tell us your story! (Your response does not mean that we will make your story public.)</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:30:19 +0000 Carol Jackson 33451 at http://wunc.org Kids And Testing: Tell Us Your Story Under Pressure, NC Schools Request Different Third-Grade Reading Tests http://wunc.org/post/under-pressure-nc-schools-request-different-third-grade-reading-tests <p>Calling the current testing mandate excessive, school districts are asking the State Board of Education if they can implement their own tests to fulfill the state’s new reading law for third-grade students.</p><p>Under the Read to Achieve law, passed last year, third-grade students are required to attend summer reading camps if they are not reading at grade level by the end of the year.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:36:59 +0000 Reema Khrais 30110 at http://wunc.org Under Pressure, NC Schools Request Different Third-Grade Reading Tests North Carolina ACT Scores Are Lowest In Nation http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-act-scores-are-lowest-nation <p>State and nationwide ACT data was released this week, and North Carolina student scores on the college readiness test went down. The state's average composite ACT score fell more than 3 points to 18.7, the lowest average in the nation. ACT scores can range from 1 to 36. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:43:41 +0000 Sam Sanders 21199 at http://wunc.org North Carolina ACT Scores Are Lowest In Nation NC Connects STEM Education To STEM Economy http://wunc.org/post/nc-connects-stem-education-stem-economy <p>Leaders in Science and Math have created a <a href="http://ncsmt.org/pdf/NC_STEM_Scorecard_Overview.pdf">scorecard</a> to gauge how North Carolina moves forward in connecting a STEM education to new economy jobs.&nbsp; STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.&nbsp; Sam Houston is president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.ncsmt.org/">North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Education Center</a>.&nbsp; He says the scorecard measures the state against itself and how to better link education to the jobs of the future.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:52:38 +0000 Leoneda Inge 13549 at http://wunc.org NC Connects STEM Education To STEM Economy Charlotte Schools End Testing Program http://wunc.org/post/charlotte-schools-end-testing-program <p>A comprehensive testing program launched last year in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools has been abruptly shut down. Dave DeWitt reports that the tests drew a high number of parent complaints.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt: </strong>52 year-end tests were developed during the administration of superintendent Peter Gorman, for students as young as kindergarten. The idea was to gather more data on students -and then determine a baseline for future academic performance. Teachers would then be rewarded - or punished - if that student performed better or worse than expected.<br> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 3261 at http://wunc.org