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Your Schools: Kids Can Read During Test Time

There’s a new N.C. twist to testing this year:  When students finish early, they can read books or magazines until the whole class is done.  

State Superintendent June Atkinson sent a memo to superintendents this week reminding them of the change. One might wonder why the state’s top educator would bother calling attention to a relatively minor change buried deep in the state’s 158-page testing manual.  

The answer: It’s part of a complex negotiation between state officials and parents who plan to refuse to let their kids take exams.