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N.C. Schools Worried About Reading Requirement

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state lawmakers are hearing the concerns of local public school superintendents about a new requirement designed to ensure all third-graders meet reading proficiency standards before they move to the next grade.

The requirement came out of a 2012 law approved by the General Assembly and championed by Senate leader Phil Berger.

Superintendents from Beaufort County and Davie County told a legislative committee Tuesday they’re worried about a demand that third-grade teachers test students regularly for reading the rest of the school year. Beaufort County schools chief Don Phipps says there’s also the cost of required summer reading camps for students who fall short.

State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson says not all 105,000 third-graders have to take benchmark tests, and local districts can use their own alternative assessment.

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