LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Arkansas' Benchmark and End-Of-Course exams have won approval from a top federal education official.
In a letter and a telephone call to state officials Tuesday, Assistant U-S Secretary of Education Henry Johnson signaled the tests are now fully approved. The test are given to given to more than half of the state's 450-thousand public school students.
The federal approval comes six months after Johnson told state officials that the tests appeared to be too easy. In August, education officials said they would use more conventional exams for students with limited English skills.