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Changes in classroom lessons and state tests featured on UNC-TV

State Superintendent June Atkinson and two state Department of Public Instruction administrators will be on UNC-TV this week explaining changes in public education and how parents can help students.

The network will air "North Carolina Schools and You: What Changes in Our Schools Mean for Parents and Students" at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

It will repeat Friday, Sept. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

Atkinson, chief academic officer Rebecca Garland, and Garland deputy Angela Quick will talk about the new state curriculum, the Common Core standards, and new state tests.

Student performance on new state tests will show a significant drop if the state Board of Education adopts passing scores DPI suggested this month.

DPI officials respond to questions posed by parents in a studio audience.

It's been about a decade since DPI has worked with UNC-TV on a program about state education standards, said DPI spokeswoman Vanessa Jeter. The department wanted to take advantage of the network's statewide reach.

"It's an important thing to do with all the changes that have happened and are happening," Jeter said.

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