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.

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    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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