Here’s another tidbit from the morning news round-up.
N.C. State Superintendent June Atkinson sat down with a group of reporters yesterday, sharing her views on how education is faring in the state and what she’d like to see happen.
The News & Obsever’s account included her comments, as well as a response from state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, an Apex Republican and frequent critic of the state’s public school system.
From the N&O:
On testing: Atkinson said she would like to see students at private and public schools take the same tests so parents can compare scores. She also said private schools should receive performance grades based on student achievement, just as public schools will.
The legislature upped the testing requirement for private schools, but schools can choose which national tests to administer and don’t have to report scores unless they enroll more than 25 students with vouchers.
“The public needs a consistent measure of reading achievement in particular,” Atkinson said, and the information would be important to parents making decisions on where to send their children.
House Majority Leader Paul Stam, who championed what he calls “opportunity scholarships,” said Atkinson should concentrate on improving public schools.
“She should stick to her own knitting,” said the Apex Republican.
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