North Carolina’s End of Grade Exams

Ann Doss Helms:

Test time begins today for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s elementary and middle school students. And as with almost everything else, the economy will make it more challenging.
North Carolina’s end-of-grade exams are designed to gauge whether students in grades 3-8 have mastered reading and math. They influence whether students advance to middle or high school.
The tests themselves aren’t getting harder. But with summer school options shrinking because of budget cuts, thousands of students who score below grade level must now keep trying to pass before the school year ends June 10.
In Mecklenburg and across the state, tight budgets are forcing cutbacks in summer school, which is usually an option for kids who need help getting ready for the next grade.