As North Carolina transitions to new exams under the Common Core State Standards, teachers say this year's tests and the grading process are taking a toll. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, exams include computer-graded multiple-choice questions along with essay and short-answer portions graded by two teachers, on top of their typical workload and with no addition pay. While this year's exam scores do not count toward students' grades, they are used for value-added ratings for teachers.

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