The current flap over four North Carolina high school end-of-course tests targeted for elimination demonstrates the need for lawmakers to amend their plans.
That's the conclusion Terry Stoops has reached after reviewing the situation. Regardless of the merits of Judge Howard Manning's decision to insert himself in the legislative debate over the tests, Stoops says the judge points out correctly that a constitutionally guaranteed sound basic education requires some form of test.
Stoops agrees with the majority of N.C. House members that the disputed tests — for U.S. History, Civics and Economics, Algebra II, and Physical Science — aren't working. He argues for a "repeal and replace" strategy.