Testing Information for Families

Family Guide to Assessment 

This guide discusses why assessments are important, provides an overview of the different assessments that students take, and reviews questions families can ask teachers about assessments. The guide looks at how North Carolina ensures assessments are fair and accessible for all students, explains the different types of assessments, and how the data is used (en Espanol).

Additional Resources

Tab/Accordion Items

The Individual Student Report (ISR) provides information on how your student performed on End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, or NCEXTEND1 assessment. The scores on these assessments are only one of many indicators of how well your student is achieving. Test scores should always be considered along with all other variables with all other available information provided about your student.


The Lexile Framework® for Reading, commonly referred to as the Lexile Framework, has been linked with the North Carolina End-of-Grade Assessment in English Language Arts in grades 3–8 and North Carolina End-of-Course in English II. Similarly, The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics will be linked to Edition 5 of the North Carolina End-of-Grade mathematics assessments in grades 3–8 and North Carolina End-of-Course in Math 1 and Math 3. Students in North Carolina also may be receiving Lexile and Quantile measures from a variety of different tests and programs used by their local schools. With Lexile and Quantile measures, educators and parents can spur and support student learning.