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City & State

CHCCS English language learners' test scores drop 30.3 percent from pre-pandemic years

CHCCS recently released student proficiency data for standardized tests conducted in the 2020-21 school year.  The data showed that proficiency scores for students decreased significantly, particularly for English language learners, between 2018-19 and 2020-21, down 13.7 percent. “We don’t know what caused all the changes, and we didn't test all the children,” Diane Villwock, executive director of assessment and research at CHCCS, said. “So when we compare this to '18-'19, and we know the instruction was different, we've got to be really careful to not lean too hard on that comparison. It's not apples to apples.”

City & State

Local governments collaborate on 17-mile shared bike path from Raleigh to Chapel Hill

Triangle-area agencies have made plans for a 17-mile bikeway that will run through Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, Durham and Chapel Hill. It will follow the I-40 and NC54 corridor and will be shared use for pedestrians and cyclists. There is currently no prospective timetable for when the bikeway would be completed and rideable. John Rees, president of the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, said a bike path of this nature could transform transportation in the region by offering a new, more sustainable way to commute.

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