School district to collaborate with state on standardized test development

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has placed a slowdown on the development of new tests planned to assess student knowledge in subjects not currently tested by the state.

Although district testing officials have already created more than 50 tests, the district has agreed to partner with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to create additional statewide exams. Previously, the school board allotted $1.9 million to create the district tests, despite the threat of deep budget cuts.

“We don’t want to duplicate processes,” interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh said Wednesday, Dec. 14.

In previous years, unlike Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the state has decreased its emphasis on testing. But in its successful application for federal Race to the Top funds, education officials showed an interest in testing students in subject areas not traditionally measured by the state.

According to the state, it could begin using field tests in classrooms as soon as the next school year. Students will continue to take the district exams that have already been created, but their scores will not count toward their grades or toward teacher performance evaluations.

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