NC Will Assess Writing at Every Grade Level Board of Education revamps student …

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.”


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