The State Board of Education wiped more than two dozen tests from Wake County students’ cram lists when it granted the school district permission Wednesday to drop the N.C. Final Exams this year.
The results of the state-written science, social studies and history tests given in elementary, middle, and high schools are to be used in teacher evaluations. Districts granted waivers have decided they prefer to use school-wide end-of-grade and end-of-course results for teacher evaluations instead.
Wake is the state’s largest school district and its decision to dump the Final Exams removes a significant number of students from the test-taking pool. Wake students would have made up 10 percent or more of the exam takers for most of the tests.
The state gives the exams as part of an agreement with the federal government, but the State Board of Education has granted waivers to nearly 50 districts and charter schools.
A bill that would have the state get out of that federal agreement and erase the Final Exam requirement is moving through the legislature.