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Falling test scores of public school children prompted close scrutiny of teachers and their ability to teach core curriculum. Two state education boards, the State Board of Education and the Board of governors of The University of North Carolina, cooperatively drafted a new program called the Quality Assurance Program. This initiative focused on improving the state's certified teachers thereby raising the quality of education for public school students.
Public concern about the quality of education is reflected today in increasing interest in accountability--that is, judging schools and teachers on the basis of how well their students learn--and standardized tests have been touted as a means of discovering whether students have learned what they are intended to learn.