CMS weighs options to cover costs of new tests
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CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District is trying to figure out how to pay for new state exams. The district is facing some unexpected costs for the new Measures of Student Learning exams.
North Carolina students have to take about two dozen new tests this school year as a part of the state's effort to rate teachers based on student test scores. But how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District will pay for the costs associated with the exam is still up in the air.
The district recently learned it will have to pay for printing the tests and having faculty available to oversee scoring. This information came to the school board after CMS passed its budget so now school leaders are trying to figure out how to pay for it.
The school board met Tuesday night to discuss the unexpected costs.
"It is certainly frustrating as much as you have gone through a budget process and you tried to be deliberate, thoughtful, proactive and then you find out that there are some costs that you didn't account for," said Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison.
Eventually all testing will be done online but this year the tests will be done on paper. School officials are exploring covering the costs with Race to the Top funds, which run out in two years.