North Carolina Final Exams (NCFEs)

Purpose

The North Carolina Final Exams (NCFEs) serve several purposes. In 2011, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to require an annual evaluation for every teacher in North Carolina. According to State Board policy TCP-C-004, “the intended purpose of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process is to assess the teacher’s performance in relation to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and to design a plan for professional growth. The principal or a designee (hereinafter “principal”) will conduct the evaluation process in which the teacher will actively participate through the use of self-assessment, reflection, presentation of artifacts, and classroom demonstration(s).”

The NCFEs are considered standardized artifacts reflective of student growth for teachers and school growth for participants in the teacher evaluation process. Additionally, SBE policy TEST-016 requires public schools to use the course-specific operational assessments as the only final exams for specific courses and to use the results from all course-specific operational assessments as a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the student's final grade for each respective course.

Resources

Test Specifications Assessment Briefs

Assessment Briefs

Assessment Briefs

Individual Student Reports

Individual Student Reports

Individual Student Reports (ISR)

Released Items

Released Items

Released Items for Middle School Subjects

The NC Department of Public Instruction has released the following sets of items from previous administrations of the North Carolina Final Exams (NCFE). These test items may be used by school systems and charter schools to help acquaint students with NCFE items. The released items may not reflect the breadth of the standards assessed and/or the range of item difficulty found on the NC Final Exam. These materials must not be used for personal or financial gain.

NCFE Released Items

Answer Sheet

Grade 6 Social Studies

Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

Grade 7 Social Studies 

Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

Grade 8 Social Studies 

Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

Grade 6 Science

Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

Grade 7 Science

Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

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.

Released Items for High School Subjects

NCFE Released Items

Formula Sheet/Reference Table

Graph Paper

Calculator

English I 

NA

NA

NA

English III

NA

NA

NA

English IV 

NA

NA

NA

American History I

NA

NA

NA

American History II

NA

NA

NA

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics

NA

NA

NA

World History 

NA

NA

NA

NC Math 2 

NA

Graph Paper

Graphing

Precalculus 

Formula Sheet

Graph Paper

Graphing

Discrete Math 

Formula Sheet

Graph Paper

Graphing

Advanced Functions and Modeling

Formula Sheet

Graph Paper

Graphing

Earth/Environmental Science

NA

NA

NA

Physics

Reference Tables

NA

Scientific

Physical Science 

Reference Tables

NA

Scientific

Chemistry

Reference Tables

NA

Scientific

NA: Not Applicable

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. 

Policies Sample Answer Sheets

Sample Answer Sheets

  • English III
  • Multiple-Choice Only
Supplemental Materials

Supplemental Materials

Math

Science

2019–2020 NC Final Exams Materials List This resource provides a complete list of the NC Final Exams offered during the 2018-19 school year and includes the test materials required for each test administration.

Course Codes that Align with the NC Final Exams 

North Carolina Final Exams Frequently Asked Questions This resource provides answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about the NC Final Exams.