Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools expects last year's end of grade testing scores to drop dramatically after the state put higher curriculum standards on tests.
The school system said the percentage of students passing is expected to drop from between 88 and 93 percent to between 50 and 75 percent. The results are expected to be released in October.
"They need to recognize that it isn't that the student did worse. We didn't go backwards, like the kid didn't get any shorter, we just changed the definition of what passing is," said Diane Villwock, executive director of testing and program evaluation for the school system.
The new standards are set so a student maybe score a two after traditionally scoring a three.
Villwock said the new standards can be compared to an amusement park ride. She said if the ride suddenly changes its height requirements from 4 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet tall, "you have a group of kids ... who can't get on the ride anymore because they don't meet the standard.
It's really important to
think about the fact that those kids didn't get any shorter, we simply raised
the standard," Villwock said.