Alternate Assessments

Purpose

State Board policy ACCT-021 requires all students with disabilities to participate in the statewide testing program by taking the standard test administration with or without available accommodations or by participating in an alternate assessment with or without accommodations. To participate in alternate assessments, students must meet eligibility criteria established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and the decision to participate in the alternate assessments must be documented in their current Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). 

NCEXTEND1, College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessment (CCRAA), and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Eligibility Criteria for North Carolina Alternate Assessments

Resources

Test Specifications Achievement Level Descriptors

Achievement Level Descriptors

  • NCEXTEND1 Reading (Grades 3–8 and English II) will be available upon the North Carolina State Board of Education's adoption of academic achievement standards and cut scores for reading (expected August 2020).
  • NCEXTEND1 Mathematics (Grades 3–8 and NC Math 1)
  • NCEXTEND1 Science (Grades 5, 8, and Biology) will be available upon the North Carolina State Board of Education's adoption of academic achievement standards and cut scores for science (expected August 2020).
  • CCRAA Grade 11
Assessment Briefs

Assessment Briefs

Assessment Briefs

Individual Student Reports

Individual Student Reports

NCEXTEND1 and CCRAA

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Released Forms

Released Forms

 

Released Items (Includes sample items, manipulative cards, and Reading selections) 

NCEXTEND1 NC Math 1 Assessment - Grade 10
NCEXTEND1 Biology Assessment -Grade 10 
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 3
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 4
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 5
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 6
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 7 
NCEXTEND1 Mathematics Assessment - Grade 8
NCEXTEND1 Science Assessment -Grade 5 
NCEXTEND1 Science Assessment -Grade 8 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 3 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 4 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 5 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 6 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 7 
NCEXTEND1 Reading - Grade 8 
NCEXTEND1 English II - Grade 10  

Released items may be used by school systems to help acquaint students with items. These materials must not be used for personal or financial gain. Released items and assessments are copyrighted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and cannot be uploaded into third party applications.  Released items may be accessed through the secure browser, NCTest apps for Chromebook and iPad, and via https://data.ncsu.edu/nctest/Destination.html by clicking on the released items icon.

Copyright Information 

At this time,the released forms for NCEXTEND1 Reading may not include all of the reading selections because the NCDPI is finalizing the copyright requests for these tests. Due to budget constraints and the reluctance of copyright holders to grant printing rights via a Web site, the NCDPI has obtained permissions only for Web viewing of these selections. The download or use of these copyrighted materials is restricted by applicable license agreements obtained by the NCDPI and copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Permission to use any copyrighted material must be obtained directly from the respective copyright holders. To contact the copyright holder, please see the Acknowledgments for each test form.

Sample Answer Sheets

Sample Answer Sheets

CCRAA Grade 10

Supplemental Materials

Supplemental Materials

NCEXTEND1 Glossary: NCDPI has provided the 150 Most Frequent Words for Beginning Writers document as a glossary for the independent reading portion of the NCEXTEND 1 Reading grade 3-8, and 10 assessments. The frequently used words are intended to be taught with flexibility of use and to increase sentence structure across the grades. Therefore, students should learn words throughout a variety of contexts. This document is not intended to limit the words students can read and write in a classroom setting but to provide familiar words for assessment purposes.

Testing Students with Disabilities

1.0 Percent Participation in the Alternate Assessment