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Tougher Education Standards Approved

The North Carolina Board of Education has approved tough scoring requirements for standardized tests for students.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved standards that will likely mean failure rates of more than 50 percent in most of the reading, math and science tests that students took last spring.

The board considered lowering the bar so more students would pass.

North Carolina gives end of the year tests in English and math to elementary and middle school students beginning in third grade.

Science tests are given to fifth and eighth graders, and biology, math and English tests are taken in high school.

Board member John Tate endorsed the tougher requirements, saying schools need to prepare students for the demands of the job market.


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