This page will contain the most recent information about state testing.  


2015-16 School Year


9/29/15
Testing Students with Disabilities

The site linked below contains information that IEP teams may use when preparing an IEP for a student with disabilities.



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8/17/15
Math I, II & II - Updated Unpacking Documents


Updated unpacking documents are now available for Math I, II, and III. The updates were made possible through collaboration with the secondary math consultants, math specialists and middle and high school teachers across the state along with input from Accountability Services/Test Development Section, which leads the development of state assessment questions. A draft of the updates was released in May to seek feedback from the field. The feedback on the updates was then used to guide the latest revisions.

The updated unpacking documents are designed to refine the interpretation of the standards for Math I, II, and III by clarifying concepts and skills addressed in the standards, providing examples for each standard that are aligned with the expectations of that course, and highlighting the progression of the standards through Math I, Math II, and Math III. The unpacking documents also address some of the consistent questions from teachers and curriculum leaders across the state concerning when or if certain topics are required when not explicitly stated in the standards.

The unpacking documents are essential tools that are designed to assist and inform the work of teachers of Math I, II, and III. The standards for high school math were designed to address the expectations of students at the end of high school. For this reason, several of the standards in Math I, II, and III repeat in each course. This means that teachers must interpret the proper depth at which to instruct students at each level. The unpacking documents are designed to align interpretations of those standards across the state between NC DPI Curriculum and Instruction, Testing and Accountability and teachers.

The updated unpacking documents for Math I, II, and III can be found on the NC DPI Mathematics Wiki,
http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Unpacking+Documents.


Questions or comments concerning the unpacking documents should be addressed to the Secondary Mathematics Consultants, Lisa Ashe, at lisa.ashe@dpi.nc.gov or Joseph Reaper at joseph.reaper@dpi.nc.gov  .


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8/17/15
Grade 3 BOG Test Specifications

Test specification documents typically outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category. A table listing the assessed standards and number of operational items per standard is provided in Appendix A.

A test specification document for the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) English Language Arts/Reading Test is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/bog3. The test specifications have not changed since the first year of administration. Appendix A was recently added to the test specification document to provide additional information.

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8/17/15
Released EOG & EOC Tests

The NCDPI/Test Development Section released a form of all end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) assessments in 2012-13. Released test forms may be used by school systems to help acquaint students with valuable test taking strategies in summative assessment situations. These strategies may include managing time, following directions, understanding reading selections, and thinking through how to select the correct answer. Released test forms may be used by parents and the general public in gaining a greater understanding of how the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Essential Standards for Science are measured.

The answer keys for the released forms were updated in July 2015. The answer keys now contain standard or objective-level information for each item. Previously only the unifying concept, primary strand, primary standard, competency goal, etc. was printed on the answer key for each item. The released forms for EOG and EOC assessments are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms.

As a reminder additional information about the EOG and EOC assessments is available in the Assessment Specification for each assessment located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/technicalnotes.  The assessment specification documents include additional information about each assessment including the number of operational items for each objective.

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8/13/15
Courses requiring EOC or NCFE Testing

The documents linked below identify the course that will require an EOC or NCFE for 2015-16. 



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8/13/15
Through Grade Testing :  Grade 6 Proof of Concept Study.

Students in 6th grade at PCMS have been selected to participate in the Proof of Concept Study for Through Grade Testing in 2015-16.  A short presentation about the Study is attached below.



2014-15 School Year


3/30/15
EOG & EOC Test specification Documentation

Test specification documents outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category.

The revised March 2015 specification documents for the End-of-Grade (EOG) Tests of Math, Science and English Lanaguage Arts/Reading and the End-of-Course (EOC) Tests of Math I, Biology and English II include the number of operational items for each standard or objective. Tables listing the assessed standards or objectives and number of operational items per standard or objective are provided in the appendices.

The updated specification documents for the EOG and EOC tests are available at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/technicalnotes

All documents are also linked below.





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12/12/14

Constructed Response - Answer Length

DPI has received some questions concerning text box limits in NCTest for EOCs and NCFEs. The text box limits are as follows:​

English II - does not have a text limit in the online system. However, responses should follow the previously distributed guidance concerning short answer responses.

"The short constructed response items on the English II EOC assessment require a brief response of approximately 3-4 sentences. Although the text box offers additional space to type a short answer response, scorers only review for the specific criteria as stated in the question. Additional information not required in the answer does not increase the student’s score. Short constructed responses are not scored for elaboration, support, or detail. Students should not write an essay for short constructed response items, and they must not be led to believe longer responses may receive higher scores. It is permissible to respond in bullets. The key is to answer the question with the specified supporting evidence".

NCFE Constructed Response-  items do have a limit of 900 characters in the online system. This number was determined by researching answer lengths from last year's paper/pencil assessments and by analyzing the size of the answer space on NCFE paper/pencil answer sheets to make the response areas comparable.

These responses should be short answer responses and follow the same guidance concerning the English II EOC assessment short answer response length.

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11/29/14

Standard-level reporting - NC Final Exams 

Standard-level reporting is not available for the NC Final Exams (NCFEs) for several reasons.

  • The NCFEs have approximately one-half the number of items as an end-of-grade (EOG) or end-of-course (EOC) test form(s) because the test administration time is much shorter. In order to report at the standard-level (reporting how students performed on the items assessing each individual standard), the number of items measuring each standard must be increased. This would require an increase of test administration time. More pieces of evidence (number of items measuring a standard) yield a more reliable result at when reporting at the standard-level. As you break down or drill down into smaller and smaller subgroups (from the total number of items to only the items measuring one standard) the reliability of the subgroup score (standard-level) also decreases. This means there are not enough items assessing each standard to make a fair judgment regarding strengths or weaknesses for each standard.
  • Many of the NCFEs have very low district-tested counts. Some courses have low enrollment by the very nature of the course resulting in fewer students across the state taking the NCFEs. Approximately one-half of the NCFEs have statewide tested counts below 50,000 for fall and spring semesters combined starting with an n-count of 2,400. Approximately 100,000 students take each EOG test at each grade level and/or over 100, 000 students take each of the EOC (i.e., Biology, English II, Math I) tests at the end of the grade/course yielding more item statistics per standard which strengthens reliability for standard-level reporting.
  • The NCFEs administer one base form to students each year. The EOG and EOC tests administer 2-3 base forms. Each base form has a different set of scored items. Multiple base forms yield more items per standard which strengthens reliability for standard-level reporting. Each additional form increases development and production costs.
  • The NCFEs are fairly new assessments administered for the first time in the fall of 2013.The test blueprints were revised for spring 2014 and revised again for 2014-15 administrations due to adjustments in item types, number of items, number of field test items (items that will not count toward the student’s score but will be used for future test forms), etc. The test blueprint is the plan and layout for the test, which includes the number of items from each objective that will appear on the test, the item type and the arrangement of objectives and item types. The NCFEs have yet to have two consecutive years of the same blueprint.
NCFE Assessment Specifications: 
We continue to look for ways to offer teachers additional information. The Test Development Section highly recommends that teachers review the assessment specification documents for the NCFEs. Assessment specification documents typically outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category. The 2014-15 NCFE specification documents include additional information about each exam including the number of operational or scored items for each objective or standard, delivery mode options, and links for supplemental materials and released items. NCFE assessment specifications are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/common-exams/specifications/.

NCFE Fall 2014 Released Items: 
The NCDPI/Test Development Section posted a set of released items for each fall semester NCFE. These released items are available to the public at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/common-exams/released-items/. Released items for NCFEs administered at the end of the year (i.e., science grade 4, social studies grade 4, and social studies grade 5) will be posted in early 2015. Items cannot be selected for release until the spring operational forms (secure test forms to be administered to students) are finalized and sent to the printer. The NCFEs of U.S. History, Geometry, Algebra II and Integrated Mathematics III will be eliminated effective with the 2015-16 school year. These exams do not have Fall 2014 released items because test development was discontinued. Refer to the Released Forms (Spring 2013) tab to review previously released items for these exams.

The items included in the Fall 2014 released item sets were administered to students during a previous test administration. The released items may not reflect the breadth of the standards assessed and/or the range of item difficulty found on the NCFE. The answer key has some new features:

The answer keys will now contain standard and clarifying objective-level information about each item. Previously only the unifying concept, primary strand, primary standard, competency goal, etc. was released for each item.

The answer key contains a new column titled Percent Correct. The percentage of students who answered the item correctly will be listed for each item.

The booklet will also contain a description for each standard addressed in the released item set. All assessed standards will not be listed. Only the standards addressed by the released items will be listed. Links to a complete list of standards are printed in the booklets for reference.

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11/7/14

2014-15 NC Final Exams Assessment Specifications

Assessment specification documents typically outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category. The assessment specification documents for the NC Final Exams are being updated for the 2014-15 school year. The 2014-15 specification documents will include additional information about each exam including the number of operational items for each objective or standard, delivery mode options, and links for supplemental materials and released items.

All 2014-15 specification documents for the NC Final Exams are now available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/common-exams/specifications/ with the exception of Grades 4 & 5 Social Studies which will be available in November.

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11/7/14

Grade 3 Reading Passages/Portfolio for Parents

DPI has created a parent reading portfolio.  This portfolio consists of 14 passages that parents can use at home to reinforce the understanding of the standards.  The entire parent portfolio is posted on the Read to Achieve Livebinder under 3rd Grade Portfolio: 


and in  the Parent Livebinder 

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1326906 under Read to Achieve Overview.  

Teachers may want to assign the passages for homework after a standard has been taught in class, but parents will have access to all of the passages through the livebinder.  We hope these passages help to reinforce the learning that is occurring in the classrooms while giving parents an idea of how the standards are assessed on the EOG.

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11/7/14

NCFE - Frequently Asked Questions

DPI has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions document about NC Final Exams.


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11/6/14

NCFE - Materials List & Assessment Format

DPI released an updated document with information about how NCFEs will be administered (Online/Paper-Pencil) and the required materials.


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11/6/14

Grade 3 BOG Test

An Expectancy Table has been added to the North Carolina READY Beginning-of-Grade 3 ELA Test assessment brief. The Expectancy Table shows the percent of students at each BOG3 achievement level and how those same students performed on the End-of-Grade 3 ELA assessment at the end of the year.  The table shows the state-wide data.  Based on our past performance, results in Polk County would differ from what is shown in this table.


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10/28/14

Gridded Response

The following Paper/Pencil assessments have Gridded Response questions for 2014-15.

End-of-Grade Mathematics Grade 5, 
End-of-Grade Mathematics Grades 6–8
End-of-Course Math I 

The Assessment Brief linked below shares information about these questions.  Students taking the Paper/Pencil version of these assessments must be given an opportunity to practice these questions before the test.


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10/28/14

Accommodations Charts

The charts linked below have been updated to reflect the assessments for 2014-15 and are available for use in documenting students’ required testing accommodations in Section 504 Plans, Limited English Proficient (LEP) plans/documentation, and transitory impairment (TI) documentation.  

Incorporating the documentation recorded on these charts into the 504/LEP/TI plans is strongly encouraged by the NCDPI.  The charts are modeled after the IEP DEC 4 (6 of 10) North Carolina Testing Program accommodations chart, and will facilitate the consistent documentation of required testing accommodations for students across plan types.

• Section 504 Plan Testing Accommodations Chart: Chart for documentation of required testing accommodations in a student’s Section 504 Plan

 Limited English Proficient Plan/Documentation Accommodations Chart: Chart for documentation of required testing accommodations in a student’s Limited English Proficient Plan/Documentation

• Transitory Impairment Documentation Accommodations Chart: Chart for documentation of required testing accommodations in a student’s Transitory Impairment Documentation

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10/27/14

Assessment Specifications

Assessment specification documents typically outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category. The assessment specification documents for the NC Final Exams are being updated for the 2014-15 school year.  The 2014-15 specification documents will include additional information about each exam including the number of operational items for each objective or standard, delivery mode options, and links for supplemental materials and released items.

The 2014-15 assessment specification documents are being posted as they are completed. Specification documents for the NC Final Exams of English I, English III, English IV, Grades 6-8 Social Studies, World History, American History I, American History II, Civics and Economics, U.S. History, Grades 4, 6, & 7 Science, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth and Environmental Science are now available at 


Specification documents for the mathematics and social studies grades 4 & 5 NC Final Exams will be posted very soon. 

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10/2/14

New Released Items

DPI is releasing Test Items for teachers to use as part of instruction.  With this release DPI is providing not only the questions and the answers, but also information about State-wide student performance on the item and the standard for each item.

Some of the older Released Forms have not yet been updated with the new information, but will be updated soon.

The Items/Forms can be found at:

NC Final Exams  Released Items:


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10/2/14

Lexiles & Quantiles 

DPI recently published documents providing EOG English Language Arts/Reading and EOC English II achievement levels in the Lexiles and EOG Mathematics and EOC Math I achievement levels in the Quantiles.

Achievement Levels provide a common meaning of test scores throughout the state concerning what is expected at various levels of competence.  In March 2014, the NCDPI revised those four levels to establish five achievement levels: 

Level 1 - Limited Command
Level 2 - Partial Command
Level 3 - Sufficient Command
Level 4 - Solid Command
Level 5 - Superior Command


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10/2/14

Test Specificantions

EOG, EOC and NCFE test specifications are being updated to include blueprint information (number or percent of items at each standard)

EOG & EOC Specifications

NC Final Exam Specifications


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10/1/14

2013-2014 EVAAS Growth Data

The DPI Accountability Services recently published the release dates for EVAAS Growth Data.  The information will be released after 8:00 PM on these dates.

School Level Data        September 4, 2014

Teacher Level Data        October 9, 2014

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9/30/14

Online Testing: 2014-2015

DPI is transitioning many of the Paper/Pencil Final Exams to online assessments this year.  The list below shows which assessments will be available online.

 Fall 2014Spring 2015 

English III
Math II
Math III
Physical  Science
Earth/Env. Science
Civics & Economics
World History

 

ALL NC Final Exams

The link below will show the list.

Final Exams


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9/16/14

NCFE - New Released Items

DPI is finalizing a set of released items for each NC Final Exam. Released item sets will be posted as they are completed.  English I and Chemistry are already available and the remaining items are expected to be available by September 22. 

Released items can be found at: 
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/common-exams/released-items/

Previously released forms can be found at:

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9/16/14

NCFE - Assessment Specifications

The Assessment Specifications for each NC Final Exam will be revised and reposted no later than September 30.  The specifications are being revised to reflect the removal of constructed response items for some exams and to include additional information about the number or percentage of items at each standard.    

Assessment Specifications can be found at: 

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8/26/14 

2013-2014 EVAAS Growth Data

The DPI Accountability Services recently published the release dates for EVAAS Growth Data.

School Level Data        September 4, 2014

Teacher Level Data        October 9, 2014


Roster Verification for the 2014-15 school year will happen each semester.  

1st Semester             December through January

2nd Semester             April through May


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8/26/14 

2014-15 Testing Overview

The DPI Accountability Services Division has created a document with general information about each test being administered during the 2014-2015 school year.  This is a very good overview that can be used with parents and students.


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8/25/14 

Released Forms of NC Tests

The DPI Accountability Services Division has released one form of the test for each grade level and subject tested in the 2012–13 school year. These materials have been released to help teachers and students understand the form of the test and the type of content being assessed.  The released forms can be found at the link below.


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8/25/14 

Courses requiring a NC Final Exam

Refer to the chart  below for a list of course codes that align with the NC Final Exams to be 
administered during the 2014–2015 school year.


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8/11/14 

NC Final Exam List

Linked below is the list of North Carolina Final Exams offered for the 2014-15 school year. This list identifies which tests include constructed response items and which tests will be offered online in the fall and in the spring.  Polk County intends to administer as many of these tests as is reasonable using the online format.

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8/6/14 

2014-15 Testing Calendar

Polk County Schools is required to administer a variety of tests each year to meet State and Federal Accountability Standards.  Linked below is the general calendar for when each test will be administered.  Please contact your child's school for the specific date of each assessment.










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