North Carolina¹s online virtual public school has just completed its first full year of operation with plenty to celebrate. After its launch in June 2007 by Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Virtual Public School has grown from an initial student base of 4,100 to one that is serving more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 72 courses. To read more, please go to http://www.ncvps.org/news/announcements/2007-08/20080625-01 .
About 100 students who didn’t get into the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics are getting a pretty sweet consolation prize. Starting in August, the runners-up may take school courses — they’ll just have to do it from home instead of living on the Durham campus.
The State Board of Education Thursday approved a host of changes to the testing system used to measure students’ skills.
Members voted to retool several tests, while eliminating or replacing others, including the writing tests given to 4th, 7th and 10th graders.
That series will be replaced with a new grade-level based writing assessment program for each class between kindergarten and 12th grade. The new system, to be developed by the state, will measure students’ writing ability at every grade level, beginning in the 2008-09 school year.
“We’ll have better writers,” Houston said. “They’re going to be writing for 12 years instead of saying it’s important in the 4th grade, and forget about it in the 5th and 6th, and then come back to it in the 7th.”