The end of the school year is approaching, and for students that means end of grade tests. For the next few weeks, students will be sharpening the minds and their pencils for the End Of Grade (EOG) testing.
For students, test time is all about getting a passing grade.
“At first I was nervous and now I feel pretty good about the test,” said Ashlyn Harrelson, a Belville 5th grader.
Students feel the pressure this time of year. “There is a high level of anxiety for the teachers and the students,” said Belville Principal Tracy Coston.
There’s a reason everyone is on pins and needles. From third grade on, students are tested on their proficiency level and growth rate in subjects like reading and math.
The tests on scored on a 4-point scale, with four being the highest. Three and four are considered passing.
All the kids’ scores are factored into the school’s adequate yearly progress report, or AYP.
Students within a school are divided into subgroups, based on categories such as race, economic status, and learning disabilities. If just one of those groups doesn’t make AYP, the entire school will go under ‘needs improvement’ status.
“The issues most people would have with the testing program is that you are holding every child to the exact same standard whether that is a special needs child or an academically gifted child,” said Faye Nelson, the Brunswick County Director of Elementary Education.
Kids in Brunswick County have had plenty of practice taking tests. Every nine weeks since the beginning of the year, students have been taking assessment tests, so teachers can monitor their progress.
Critics say too much emphasis is being places on testing.
Students in Pender County will begin several weeks of testing tomorrow. New Hanover and Brunswick County schools have already begun.
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