Ky. students taking new spring tests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's efforts to overhaul its public
education system are being put to their first test.

Across the state, hundreds of thousands of Kentucky
schoolchildren are taking new tests as part of the annual spring
exam ritual. Both the assessments and the results expected this
fall are history in the making.

Terry Holliday, Kentucky's commissioner of education, says the
average scores are expected to be somewhere in the 50 percent range as students adjust.

Many students in grades 3 through 8 this week are taking the new
Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress tests. High
schoolers have been taking new "End-of-Course Exams" in English
II, Algebra II, Biology and U.S. History.

Results are expected in September and will be used as part of a
five-part system to judge a school's performance.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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