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N.D. school candidate: Improve student evaluation

BISMARCK - A candidate for North Dakota school superintendent says the state should improve its methods of keeping track of students' progress. Max Laird says most school districts give computerized tests three times a year to measure a student's...

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BISMARCK - A candidate for North Dakota school superintendent says the state should improve its methods of keeping track of students' progress.

Max Laird says most school districts give computerized tests three times a year to measure a student's academic work.

But Laird says the Department of Public Instruction doesn't collect the data. Instead the agency uses a separate test to measure student progress.

The results are used to determine whether North Dakota is complying with a federal education law called No Child Left Behind.

Laird says the more frequent tests can be used to measure compliance with the federal law.

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Congress is debating changes to No Child Left Behind. Laird says the law is confusing, and he believes it should be overhauled or replaced.

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