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S.C. to get grant for education testing overhaul

Sep 3, 2010 10:04:00 PM - thestate.com

The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sept. 03—South Carolina is part of two groups of states that are getting $330 million in federal grants over the next four years to develop a new generation of tests, according to a news release by the S.C. Department of Education.

The tests will be aligned to the Common Core Standards that were recently spearheaded by the nation's governors and chief state school officers, and which have been adopted by South Carolina and 36 other states, the release said. More states are expected to adopt them by year's end.

The assessments will gauge students' knowledge of mathematics and English language arts from third grade through high school, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They will be computer-based and, unlike multiple-choice exams, will measure higher-order skills including students' ability to read complex text, synthesize information and do research projects.