RALEIGH: NC House approves Senate changes to reading tests - WNCN: News, Weather

NC House approves Senate changes to reading tests

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina's General Assembly approved tweaks to state reading mandates for third-graders Thursday, and they now await approval from the governor.

The House agreed Thursday to the Senate's changes for the reading program in response to complaints from school administrators and parents.

The change expands the testing window and gives parents the authority to decide whether their child will attend a reading camp if they fail the test. It also directs the state Board of Education to give alternate reading assessments if a district requests it and gives local districts more flexibility with evaluating test grades and creating reading camps that are at least 72 hours outside normal instruction time, over a three-week period.

Several lawmakers said the changes don't go far enough in fixing the problems with the testing standards they say were rushed to begin with.

"The bill is a starting point. ... The problem is it does very little to deal with the clear problems we got all the phone calls on," said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland.

But the majority said the changes needed to be in place before reading camps start this summer and said school districts said the changes would fix their immediate concerns.

Sending the bill back to the Senate may result in a worse bill, said Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg.

"We get 70 percent of what we want here, let's take it and put it on the shelf," he said. "I'm not sure we get it back as good as it is today if we send it back over there. ... Don't let great be the enemy of good."

Critics said that the changes and reading mandates make no difference in light of the other cuts public schools are facing in the state. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, noted that with teachers leaving the state because of low pay and cuts to school budgets and increased class sizes, "who among us believes that 72 hours after the end of third grade will really make a difference?"

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Back To SchoolMore>>

  • Private school vouchers unconstitutional, NC judge rules

    Private school vouchers unconstitutional, NC judge rules

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:42:55 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    More than $720,000 is in limbo after a judge ruled that using taxpayer money to pay for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.
    More than $720,000 is in limbo after a judge ruled that using taxpayer money to pay for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.
  • How to report drivers who pass stopped NC school buses

    How to report drivers who pass stopped NC school buses

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:16:42 GMT
    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and you can do something about it.The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a form for people who see a motorist pass a stopped school bus.Highway Patrol form to report drivers who pass school busesUnder North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off. Drivers are not supposed to continue until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move agai...
    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and you can do something about it.The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a form for people who see a motorist pass a stopped school bus.Highway Patrol form to report drivers who pass school busesUnder North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off. Drivers are not supposed to continue until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move agai...
  • POLL: What is the best K-12 drama?

    POLL: What is the best K-12 drama?

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:12:05 GMT
    To mark the start of the school year, WNCN compiled a short list of some of the best K-12 dramas.
    To mark the start of the school year, WNCN compiled a short list of some of the best K-12 dramas.
  • PoliticsMore>>

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

    NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:36:33 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.
    North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.
  • State officials hear from both sides of NC fracking debate

    State officials hear from both sides of NC fracking debate

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:56:13 GMT
    People rallying outside ahead of Wednesday's public comment hearing on fracking.People rallying outside ahead of Wednesday's public comment hearing on fracking.
    Supporters and opponents of the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” are today getting an opportunity to voice their opinions on the process.
    Supporters and opponents of the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” are today getting an opportunity to voice their opinions on the process.
  • Hunter fills Martin's NC associate justice seat

    Hunter fills Martin's NC associate justice seat

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:44:30 GMT
    Judge Robert Hunter, of Morehead City, was appointed an associate Supreme Court justice.Judge Robert Hunter, of Morehead City, was appointed an associate Supreme Court justice.
    Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Judge Robert Hunter of Morehead City on Wednesday to become an associate Supreme Court justice.
    Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Judge Robert Hunter of Morehead City on Wednesday to become an associate Supreme Court justice.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.