Bill Nixes Four State EOG Tests
Special Report - March 7, 2011
On March 3, the North Carolina Senate passed HB 48/S114No Standardized Testing Unless Required by Feds, a bill that would get rid of four state End of Grade (EOG) tests that are not federally mandated. The state tests would be eliminated for the following courses: Algebra II, Civics and Economics, U.S. History, and Physical Science.
The measure, sponsored by Representatives Bryan Holloway (RStokes), Tricia Cotham (DMecklenburg), Hugh Blackwell (RBurke), and Mark Hilton (RCatawba), gained tremendous bipartisan support in the House, passing with a vote of 101-16. As former teachers themselves, Reps. Holloway and Cotham together made a strong case for the legislation, arguing that removing these tests would allow teachers to focus more on their students’ progress, without worrying about “teaching to the test.”
Although the measure seemed to face more debate in the Senate, it gained final approval with a strong bipartisan vote of 44-5. The bill now goes to the Governor for her signature. Local news outlets have reported that Governor Perdue has gone on record, saying that she had “no intentions of vetoing the bill.”
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