In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, the NC Department of Public Instruction provides Public School Units (PSU) with state-developed assessments to be implemented for kindergarten, first, and second grades. These assessments are to include documented, on-going individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. These assessments monitor proficiency of the standards in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Assessments may take the form of these state-developed materials, adaptations of these materials, or unique assessments adopted by local school boards. The intended purposes of these assessments are:
To provide information about progress of each student for instructional adaptations and early interventions.
To provide next-year teachers with information about the status of each of their incoming students.
To inform parents about the status of their children relative to grade-level standards at the end of the year.
To provide the school and school district information about the achievement status and progress of groups of students in grades K, 1, and 2.