A North Carolina district has developed more than 50 exams to test subject areas, such as journalism and kindergarten skills, that are not assessed by state standardized tests. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had planned to use the exams beginning this year to evaluate students' and teachers' achievement. The exams, however, are being used only as a diagnostic tool for now, an official said, adding that the district wants to avoid duplicating efforts under way at the state level.

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