District halts summative tests creation
by Staff Writer
The district, which has been working toward developing its own tests since 2009, will only use district-created tests for fine and performing arts, physical education and world language classes.
“We remain committed to measuring student achievement and using that data to strengthen our schools,” Hattabaugh said at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting. “Assessments are a key component of that. We will also continue to work on developing more effective ways to measure the quality of teaching.”
The district developed 52 multiple-choice summative tests it planned to use in the current school year, and a number of others for next year, to measure student achievement in areas not covered by state mandated End-of-Course and End-of-Year tests. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has asked the district to help collaborate in creating “common exams,” set to begin during the 2012-13 school year, because of the work it has already done. The district will continue creating fine and performing arts, physical education and world language tests because the state tests won’t require a student performance component.