State Tests

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Accountability Services Division designs and manages statewide assessments that are administered to students enrolled in public and charter schools in grades 3–12. These assessments serve several purposes for the schools, the state, and federal guidelines.

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ACT®, ACT WorkKeys®, and PreACT

ACT®, ACT WorkKeys®, and PreACT

ACT®

  • Students at grade 11 take the ACT in the spring.
  • The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based assessment that evaluates eleventh-graders’ general learning outcomes in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.
  • The ACT is used as a college admissions and placement test and is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science tests are multiple-choice tests.

ACT WorkKeys®

  • Students who are identified as Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators are required to complete the ACT WorkKeys assessments.
  • The three ACT WorkKeys assessments, which are the basis of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), include Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.
  • The Applied Math test measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving techniques for situations that occur in today’s workplace.
  • The Graphic Literacy test measures the skills needed to locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics. Workplace graphics come in a variety of formats, but all communicate a level of information. From charts to graphs and diagrams to floor plans, identifying what information is being presented and understanding how to use it are critical to success.
  • The Workplace Documents test measures the skills people use when they read and use written texts such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job. The assessment is defined through a combination of the test-complexity level of a reading passage and the skill elicited by the item.
  • Students who achieve qualifying scores on the Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents assessments can earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. The certificate provides employers with proof that students have the skills needed to do the jobs available.

PreACT

  • The PreACT is administered to all tenth-graders.
  • The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students early exposure to ACT test-quality questions. The PreACT is reported on the same 1–36 score scale as the ACT, but PreACT has a maximum score of 35. The PreACT also provides a predicted ACT composite score range.
  • The PreACT assessment includes four multiple-choice tests: English, math, reading, and science (not writing).
  • The PreACT is designed to help parents and educators identify areas where students may need additional academic support or remediation. The PreACT can also help to initiate strategic conversations between parents and schools regarding dual enrollment decisions, identifying curriculum gaps, implementing interventions on behalf of students, and choosing Advanced Placement classes.
Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test

Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test

  • The BOG3 Reading Test is aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCoS) for grade 3 English Language Arts.
  • The purpose of the test is to establish a baseline measure of beginning third-grade students’ reading skills.
  • Students read authentic selections and then answer questions related to the selections.
  • Knowledge of vocabulary is assessed indirectly through the application and understanding of terms within the context of the selections and questions.
  • All test items are multiple-choice.
  • The BOG3 is administered by the 20th day of face-to-face instruction.

BOG3 Resources

College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessments (CCRAA) Grades 10 and 11

College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessments (CCRAA) Grades 10 and 11

The CCRAA at grades 10 and 11 are appropriate for students with disabilities who have an IEP and

  • exhibit severe and pervasive delays in all areas of conceptual, linguistic, and academic development as well as in adaptive behaviors, including communication, daily living skills, and self-care;
  • are following a course of study that, upon completing high school, may not lead to admission into a college-level course of study resulting in a college degree (i.e., the Occupational Course of Study);
  • are not receiving instruction in the North Carolina Extended Content Standards; and
  • have a written parental request for an alternate assessment or have the CCRAA indicated as the required assessment in their IEP.

Grade 10

  • The CCRAA 10 is designed as an alternate assessment for participation in the PreACT.
  • The CCRAA 10 contains multiple-choice questions.
    • The CCRAA 10 is available in online and paper/pencil formats.
    • The administration of the CCRAA 10 occurs simultaneously with the PreACT administration in the fall.

    Grade 11

    • The CCRAA 11 is designed as an alternate assessment for participation in the ACT.
    • The CCRAA 11 contains multiple-choice questions.
    • The CCRAA is available in online and paper/pencil formats.
    • The CCRAA 11 is administered during the spring ACT accommodations testing window.

    CCRAA  Resources

    End-of-Course (EOC) Tests

    End-of-Course (EOC) Tests

    • The EOC assessments are available for Biology, English II, NC Math 1, and NC Math 3. Students enrolled for credit in courses where EOC assessments are required must take the appropriate EOC assessment at the completion of the course.
    • The EOC assessments are aligned to the NCSCoS for English Language Arts and Mathematics and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science.
    • All EOC assessments are required to be administered online. Exceptions to this rule are for approved technology hardship requests or for students with disabilities who have documented accommodations that dictate a paper/pencil test format is necessary for accessibility.
    • The online and paper/pencil English II assessments contain multiple-choice and constructed-response items.
    • The online and paper/pencil NC Math 1 assessment consists of two parts: calculator inactive and calculator active. Students may use a calculator only for the calculator active part of the test.
    • The online NC Math 1 and NC Math 3 assessments contain multiple-choice items, numeric entry items, and technology-enhanced items. The paper/pencil assessment consists of multiple-choice and gridded response items.
    • The NC Math 3 assessment contains only calculator active items.
    • The online Biology assessment questions are multiple-choice and technology-enhanced; the paper/pencil test questions are all multiple-choice.
    • Per SBE policy TEST-003, schools are to use results from all EOC assessments as at least twenty (20) percent of the student’s final grade for each respective course.

    EOC Resources

    End-of-Grade (EOG) Tests

    End-of-Grade (EOG) Tests

    Reading

    • The EOG Reading Tests are aligned to the NCSCoS for English Language Arts.
    • Students read authentic selections and then answer questions related to the selections.
    • Knowledge of vocabulary is assessed indirectly through application and understanding of terms within the context of the selections and questions.
    • All test items are multiple-choice.
    • The EOG testing window is the last ten (10) days of the school year.

    Mathematics

    • The EOG Mathematics Tests are aligned to the NCSCoS for mathematics.
    • The EOG Mathematics Tests consist of two parts: calculator inactive and calculator active. Students are not allowed to use calculators during the calculator inactive part of the test; students are allowed to use calculators during the calculator active part of the test.
    • The EOG Mathematics Tests at grades 5 and 8 are required to be administered online. Exceptions to this rule are for approved technology hardship requests or for students with disabilities who have documented accommodations that dictate a paper/pencil test format is necessary for accessibility.
    • The tests at grades 3 and 4 contain multiple-choice items only.
    • The online tests at grades 5–8 contain multiple-choice and numeric entry items.
    • The paper/pencil tests at grades 5–8 contain multiple-choice and gridded-response items.
    • The EOG testing window is the last ten (10) days of the school year.

    Science

    •  The EOG Science Tests at grades 5 and 8 are aligned to the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science.
    • The EOG Science Tests are required to be administered online. Exceptions to this rule are for approved technology hardship requests or for students with disabilities who have documented accommodations that dictate a paper/pencil test format is necessary for accessibility.
    • The online tests contain multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items.
    • The paper/pencil tests contain multiple-choice items only.
    • The EOG testing window is the last ten (10) instructional days of the school year.

    EOG 3-8 Resources

    Grade 3 Read to Achieve (RtA)

    Grade 3 Read to Achieve (RtA)

    Article 8 Chapter §115C of the General Statutes includes Part 1A, the North Carolina Read to Achieve Program. The goal of this program “is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success.”

     

    Grade 3 Read to Achieve (RtA) Resources

    Innovative Assessment

    Innovative Assessment

    The North Carolina Personalized Assessment Tool is a system of through-course assessment opportunities aimed towards a balanced assessment system that will provide granular data for immediate feedback about students’ performance throughout the year. The system is currently being developed as a pilot under the U.S Department of Education’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA).

    The current design purposes of North Carolina Personalized Assessment Tool are:

    • To provide educators, students, and stakeholders with immediate and detailed feedback on grade-level specific content standards so classroom instruction may be tailored to individual student’s needs;
    • To provide a progress indicator for each interim on individual student’s performance in relation to overall grade-level performance expectation (anticipated availability in the 2022–23 school year for Grades 4 and 7 in Reading and Mathematics); and
    • To serve as a reliable indicator to determine appropriate staged adaptive summative assessment that will provide an academic achievement level for students and for the statewide accountability model.

    Innovative Assessment Resources

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    • North Carolina participates in NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.
    • NAEP is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
    • Selected fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade students participate in NAEP.
    • State-level results are reported for grades 4 and 8 in Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing. This allows comparisons among states and the nation.
    • Selected students at ages 9, 13 and 17 participate in NAEP Long-Term Trend (LTT) assessments that are administered every four years in mathematics and reading. Results are only reported at the national level. Measuring trends of student achievement or change over time requires the precise replication of past procedures. Therefore, the LTT instrument does not evolve based on changes in curricula or educational practices, unlike the main NAEP.
    • Selected twelfth-grade students participate in NAEP. Results for grade 12 are only reported at the national level.
    • NAEP has special studies and assessments that are established by the National Assessment Governing Board.

    NAEP Resources

    NC Check-Ins

    NC Check-Ins

    NC Check-Ins are interim assessments developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) that are aligned to North Carolina grade-level content standards (for reading and mathematics) and North Carolina Essential Standards (for science). The following NC Check-Ins are available:

    • Grades 3–8 Reading (measures all assessable grade-level content standards and increases in text complexity)
    • Grades 3–8 Mathematics (measures selected subsets of grade-level content standards)
    • Grades 5 and 8 Science (measures Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science)
    • NC Math 1 (measures selected subsets of course content standards)

    NC Check-In Resources

    NCEXTEND1 Alternate Assessments

    NCEXTEND1 Alternate Assessments

    • The NCEXTEND1 is designed for students with disabilities who
      • have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP);
      • have a significant cognitive disability;
      • are instructed using the North Carolina Extended Content Standards (i.e., reading and mathematics) an the North Carolina Extended Essential Standards (i.e., science); and
      • are enrolled in grades 3–8, 10, or 11 according to PowerSchool.
    • The assessment process requires students to complete grade-level performance tasks.
    • Assessment items align with the North Carolina Extended Content Standards for Reading and Mathematics and the North Carolina Extended Essential Standards for Science.
    • The assessments are administered during designated state testing windows.
    • The NCEXTEND1 measures student performance in the following subject areas:
      • Reading at grades 3–8, 10, and 11;
      • Mathematics at grades 3–8, 10, and 11; and
      • Science at grades 5, 8, 10, and 11.

    NCEXTEND1 Resources

    State-Identified Language Proficiency Testing

    State-Identified Language Proficiency Testing

    WIDA™ Screener and WIDA ACCESS Placement Test™ (W-APT™)

    • Language-minority students are identified through a home-language survey (HLS) process.
    • Eligibility for being assessed on the WIDA Screener at grades 1–12 or the W-APT at kindergarten is based on results of the HLS process.
    • The WIDA Screener or W-APT is administered to all eligible, initially enrolled, language-minority students (in kindergarten through grade 12) within forty-five (45) calendar days.
    • All EL students must be annually assessed to determine progress and level of English language proficiency.
    • The WIDA Screener and W-APT are screeners that determine if the student is identified as EL. The score on the WIDA Screener and W-APT also determines eligibility for state EL testing accommodations.
    • North Carolina Identifcation Criteria for Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener (Table outlining which screener and domains are administered depending upon grade level and semester)
    • The WIDA Screener is required to be adminsitered online (Kindergarten W-APT is a paper-based assessment).

    ACCESS for ELLs®

    • The annual English language proficiency test, Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), is the state-designated EL proficiency test.
    • The ACCESS for ELLs is required to be adminsitered online.
    • All students identified as ELs must be administered the ACCESS for ELLs during the annual testing window.
    • The ACCESS for ELLs consist of four domain tests that assess the student’s English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
    • The results from the annual administration of the ACCESS for ELLs are used to measure progress and proficiency of ELs in the English language.
    • Students exit EL status in North Carolina by reaching an overall composite score of 4.8 or above on the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency test.
    • More information on the ACCESS tests

    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs®

    • The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an assessment of English language proficiency for students in grades 1–12 who are classified as English Learners (ELs) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment.
    • All students identified as ELs must be administered the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs during the annual testing window.
    • The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs has four assessment domains: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
    • More information on the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment