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More than 20 North Carolina state exams will disappear, and several other changes are coming to reduce how many tests students are given.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he had signed into law the “Testing Reduction Act of 2019,” which calls for reducing the number of state and local standardized tests given in schools. The biggest change is the elimination of the N.C. Final Exams beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
“North Carolina needs to be able to assess how our schools are performing and how well students are learning,” Cooper said in a statement Thursday. “A reasonable assessment system that gives teachers and parents accurate information without sacrificing accountability should help children learn without over testing.
”The announcement comes a day after state education officials released 2018-19 test results for every public school.
Cooper also signed legislation to implement Marsy’s Law, the state constitutional amedment approved last year by voters to give more rights to crime victims. Cooper also announced he had signed a bill that calls for studying the impact of sports betting.
The testing reduction bill approved in August by state lawmakers comes in response to the long-voiced complaints that students are over-tested.
The new law: