You should receive results of the 2016 End-Of-Grade and End-Of-Course tests in the mail by about July 25. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about these assessments.
What are End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests?
The tests assess student proficiency in key subjects. All students in North Carolina take End-of-Grade reading and math tests every year in grades 3-8. Fifth and eighth graders also take an End-of-Grade science test. High school students are required to complete an End-of-Course assessment in English II, Math I and Biology.
What do my child's scores mean?
The scores are only one of many indicators of how well your child is doing in school. They give you a chance to compare your child’s performance with that of other students in the same grade at the school and with other students across North Carolina.
Can you help me understand the test scores report?
The report provides you a summary of your child’s scores. The scores for each test are listed in Column 4, which includes an assignment of an achievement level of 1-5 and if the score is proficient or not. A more detailed description of the levels is provided for you in the section labeled Column 4 on the back of the score report. Column 4 provides your child’s scale score. Column 6 shows how your child’s achievement level corresponds with the scale score and how close he/she was to scoring at the next level. You are also provided a comparison of how your child performed to the average scale scores of students in North Carolina who took the test in the benchmark or "norming" year of 2012-13.
What do each of the achievement levels mean?
Students who performed at a level 3 are considered to be proficient and prepared for the next grade level but may need additional academic support to successfully understand the content that will be covered in the next grade. While level 3 students are prepared for the next grade level, they are not yet on track for college and career readiness.
Students who scored at a level 4 or 5 are not only proficient but they are also considered to be well-prepared academically. Unlike the students scoring at level 3, these students are considered to be college and career ready.
Students who scored at a level one or two will likely need academic support to be successful at the next grade level. Scoring at level one or two is an indication that these students have a limited or partial understanding of the content that was taught.
What are Lexile levels?
A Lexile level is assigned to most books and is generally listed on the back cover. Lexile levels are also provided as a part of this report for each student taking the ELA/Reading assessment. These scores provide you with an indication of the level of books your child should be able to read comfortably. The student’s Lexile score can be used to match your child to a book or other reading material that is close to his ability. It is important to make sure your child is reading books that are not too easy or difficult for him. As you prepare to enjoy the summer, include reading as an activity and use your child’s Lexile score to help you select interesting and fun books for your child to read. Reading when not in school helps students to improve academically.
I'm still not sure I understand. How do I learn more?
If you would like a more detailed description of the information contained in this report, contact your child’s school, the WCPSS Data and Accountability department at (919)-533-7733 or visit the NC Department of Public Schools’ website at www.ncpublicschools.org.