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Local tests to show 3rd-grade reading skill OK'd

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina school districts will be able to use their own third-grade reading tests in hopes of avoiding a lengthy series of personal exams that superintendents said could consume huge chunks of teaching time this spring.

The state Board of Education on Thursday approved allowing about 30 North Carolina school districts to use their own reading tests. Superintendents had warned the mini-tests could consume huge chunks of teaching time this spring. Children who can't read at third-grade level can't be promoted and would need to attend intensive summer camp.

All school districts have the option of a local test if local boards attest they reliably demonstrate third-grade reading ability.

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