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Lower Test Scores Expected
Standardized test results from North Carolina students are expected to be low when they come out next month.
Jackson County educators say that's because the testing has changed for the first time in decades. North Carolina and 45 other states adopted national "Common Core" standards. It means the standardized tests are focused on problem-solving skills and higher level thinking, not just memorization. Many questions require a written response.
"We're expecting the test scores to drop to be a more authentic measurement of where the kids actually are based on these new standards. In time, they will come up because here again those new assessments match the new curriculum, said Smoky Mountain High School Principal Jake Buchanan.
"We want our students to be globally competitive. So it's important that we re-standardize or continue to raise that bar," said Superintendent Mike Murray.
He says he's prepared for the lower scores but they won't impact a student's grades this year.
Murray says this is all part of raising the bar in North Carolina, even though the State Department of Public Instruction expects failure rates greater than 50% at first. But he believes in the change, stressing teachers do too.
"They are all very confident that we can certainly address the scores and raise them every year and get them to where they need to be," said Murray.
The first standardized test results will be released November 7th.
By Rex Hodge
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