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Testing Information

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  • This page contains information about the various tests students take throughout the school year.

    The charts show the assessments that teachers are required to administer, by grade level, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    More information about each test can be found in the alphabetical listing below.

    Please direct any questions to your principal.

Elementary School Tests

These charts show assessments teachers are required to administer, by grade level.

Middle School Tests

High School Tests

  • These tests are taken at the end of certain high school courses, regardless of student's grade level:

    • NCDPI End-of-Course Tests (Math I, Biology, English II)
    • NCDPI Career-Technical Education Tests (various courses)
    • NCDPI Final Exams (various courses)
    • Advanced Placement tests (various AP courses; optional)
    • International Baccalaureate tests (various IB courses)

    10th grade

    • Students must take the Pre-ACT.
    • PISA/OECD Test for Schools are administered to a sample of selected 15-year-old students in selected schools in the spring.

    11th grade

    • All students must take the ACT in the spring. 
    • A sample of 11th grade students in selected schools take CWRA+ in the spring.
    • Students may take the PSAT.

    12th grade

    • Students in 12th grade pursuing a CTE Concentration take the ACT WorkKeys in the spring.

     

Test Information

  • ACT

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: Students in Grade 11 in March
    What is it and why is it important?: The ACT is a standardized, curriculum-based, multiple-choice achievement test that includes four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT writing test is optional. The ACT assesses skills and knowledge that are important for success in college.
    How are results used?: Results are used by high schools for advising and counseling students, by WCPSS for evaluating instructional effectiveness and planning curriculum, and by colleges and universities to make decisions regarding admissions, scholarships and loans and course placement. Results are also used as part of the state’s high school accountability framework.
  • ACT WorkKeys

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: Students enrolled in Grade 12 who are identified as Career and Technical Education concentrators
    What is it and why is it important?: The three ACT WorkKeys assessments measure mastery of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information.
    How are results used?: Results are the basis of the National Career Readiness Certificate program and connect work skills, training and skill testing for educators and employers. Results are also used as part of the state’s high school accountability framework.
  • Advanced Placement tests

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: Various
    Required or Optional: Optional
    Who takes it?: Any high school student who wants to take an AP exam, regardless of whether they are enrolled in an AP course.
    What is it and why is it important?: The AP program allows students to take college-level courses and exams to earn college credit. There are 34 different AP exams that consist of multiple-choice and free-response items. All AP exams are optional for students.
    How are results used?: Students’ AP exam results enhance their college applications and eligibility for scholarships. Results are also used by high schools for advising and counseling students, by WCPSS for evaluating instructional effectiveness and planning curriculum, and by colleges and universities to make decisions regarding admissions and scholarships.
  • CWRA+ (College Work Readiness Assessment)

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: Performance Assessment
    Required or Optional: Required by district
    Who takes it?: A random sample of Grade 11 students in selected high schools
    What is it and why is it important?: The CWRA+ is designed to measure critical thinking and communication skills of high school students. It is one of the few standardized assessments which measures those skills through a real-world performance scenario.
    How are results used?: Results are used to measure critical thinking and communication skills needed for students to be ready for college, career, and citizenship upon graduation from high school as called for in the district’s Strategic Plan.
  • i-Ready - Mathematics

    School Level: Middle
    Subject/Type: Diagnostic
    Required or Optional: Required by district
    Who takes it?: Grade 6-8 students who are performing below grade level
    What is it and why is it important?: i-Ready is a computer adaptive assessment that monitors student growth over time, particularly for those students who are not performing on grade level.
    How are results used?: Results provide teachers with detailed information about specific learning gaps that are preventing students from reaching grade-level performance and strategies for how to close those gaps.
  • i-Ready - Reading

    School Level: Middle
    Subject/Type: Diagnostic
    Required or Optional: Required by district
    Who takes it?: Grade 6-8 students who are performing below grade level
    What is it and why is it important?: i-Ready is a computer adaptive assessment that monitors student growth over time, particularly for those students who are not performing on grade level.
    How are results used?: Results provide teachers with detailed information about specific learning gaps that are preventing students from reaching grade-level performance and strategies for how to close those gaps.
  • International Baccalaureate tests

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
    Required or Optional: Required for students wanting to earn an IB Diploma
    Who takes it?: IB juniors and seniors in the final year of an IB course
    What is it and why is it important?: At the end of each course, students sit for an external examination prepared by an International Board of Examiners, which has the final authority on the setting of examinations and the assessment of all candidates for the awarding of the IB diploma. International Baccalaureate course exams are rigorous, and performance is measured against predetermined criteria rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.
    How are results used?: Results are used by high schools for advising and counseling students, by WCPSS and IB for evaluating instructional effectiveness and planning curriculum, to determine awarding of IB diplomas, and by colleges and universities to make decisions regarding admissions, scholarships and course credit or placement.
  • Kindergarten Entry Assessment

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: Kindergarten Entry
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All Grade K students
    What is it and why is it important?: Measures kindergarten readiness in literacy, math, physical, personal and social skills.
    How are results used?: The results provide a baseline of student strengths and challenges and informs instruction for Kindergarten teachers.
  • mCLASS

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: Screening
    Required or Optional: Required by state for grades K-3, required by district in grades 4-5
    Who takes it?: All Grade K-3 students, selected students in Grade 4-5
    What is it and why is it important?: mCLASS measures basic skills which predict future reading success, such as a student’s ability to hear beginning sounds, to separate words that they hear, and to decode words. It also measures print concepts, and the student’s ability to read text, orally retell and answer questions in written form.
    How are results used?: Results are used to identify students in need of extra support in early reading skills, and to monitor student progress over time. Parents also receive information from mCLASS about their student’s progress and activities to do at home to help students become stronger readers. In grades K-3, the state also uses the results for teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016).
  • NCDPI Beginning of Grade 3 Reading Test

    School Level: Elementary

    Subject/Type: English / Language Arts

    Required or Optional: Required by state

    Who takes it?: All Grade 3 students

    What is it and why is it important?: The Beginning of Grade 3 (BOG) test is the state’s mandated reading assessment to collect baseline data in English/Language Arts (ELA).

    How are results used?: Results are used by the state to measure student growth between the beginning and end of the third grade year for school accountability, as well as for teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016).
  • NCDPI Career-Technical Education Tests

    School Level: Middle/High
    Subject/Type: Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: Students enrolled in various CTE courses
    What is it and why is it important?: N.C. Career and Technical Education assessments assess student mastery of state standards in many career and technical education courses offered in middle and high school.
    How are results used?: CTE assessment results are used for feedback on curriculum implementation and instructional practice at the local level. They are also used for state reporting, specifically for teacher and principal evaluation via the NC Educator Evaluation System (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). For CTE-tested courses that carry high school credit, this test also counts for a percentage of a student’s final grade in the course as per state policy.
  • NCDPI End of Grade Mathematics Test

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: Mathematics
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All Grade 3 - 5 students
    What is it and why is it important?: The EOG assessments are state-mandated tests that measure students’ mastery of state standards in ELA/ Reading, Mathematics and Science.
    How are results used?: The state uses EOG results for school accountability as well as teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). Results are also used for school improvement planning.

  • NCDPI End of Grade Reading Test

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: English / Language Arts
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All students grades 3-5
    What is it and why is it important?: The EOG assessments are state-mandated tests that measure students’ mastery of state standards in ELA/ Reading, Mathematics and Science.
    How are results used?: The state uses EOG results for school accountability as well as teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). Results are also used for school improvement planning.
  • NCDPI End of Grade Science Test

    School Level: Elementary/Middle
    Subject/Type: Science
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All 5th grade and 8th grade students
    What is it and why is it important?: The EOG assessments are state-mandated tests that measure students’ mastery of state standards in ELA/ Reading, Mathematics and Science.
    How are results used?: The state uses EOG results for school accountability as well as teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). Results are also used for school improvement planning.
  • NCDPI End-of-Course Tests

    School Level: Middle/High
    Subject/Type: Multiple
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All students enrolled in Math I, English II, or Biology
    What is it and why is it important?: The EOC assessments are state-mandated tests that measure mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/ Reading and Mathematics, and the N.C. Essential Standards for Science.
    How are results used?: The results of the EOC tests are used for school accountability as well as for teacher and principal evaluation purposes (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). Results are also used for school improvement planning. For students, EOC tests also counts for a percentage of a student’s final grade in the course as per state policy.
  • NCDPI End-of-Year Summative Math Assessment

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: Mathematics
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: All Grade K-2 students
    What is it and why is it important?: This test was created by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to assess students’ understanding of math standards for the grade level.
    How are results used?: Teachers use these results to reflect on students’ mastery of the math standards covered during the year. Results are also used to conduct conferences with parents, and are included in students’ cumulative records for the following year’s classroom teacher.
  • NCDPI NC Final Exams (NCFEs)

    School Level: Elementary/Middle/High
    Subject/Type: Multiple
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: Students enrolled in selected NCFE courses
    What is it and why is it important?: The NC Final Exams are state-mandated tests that measure mastery of state standards in a number of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies courses.
    How are results used?: NC Final Exams are used specifically for teacher and principal evaluation via the NC Educator Evaluation System (as per State Board policy GCS-A-016). For NCFE-tested courses that carry high school credit, this test also counts for a percentage of a student’s final grade in the course as per state policy.
  • Number Knowledge Test

    School Level: Elementary
    Subject/Type: Screening
    Required or Optional: Required by district for Grades K-2
    Who takes it?: Selected students in Grades K-1, all students in Grade 2
    What is it and why is it important?: The Number Knowledge Test (NKT) is a universal screener for early elementary mathematics. It was designed to measure a student's conceptual knowledge of number sense. The purpose is to determine which students are performing at grade level and which students are struggling in the area of mathematics.
    How are results used?: The results are used by teachers to provide instruction targeted to the students' specific areas of need.
  • OECD Test for Schools

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
    Required or Optional: Required by district
    Who takes it?: A random sample of 15-year-olds in selected high schools
    What is it and why is it important?: The OECD Test for Schools is a standardized assessment covering Reading, Mathematics, and Science among 15-year-olds in a way that compares their performance to students across the U.S. and many other countries.
    How are results used?: OECD Test for Schools results are used to benchmark WCPSS student achievement to national and international results. Results are also used to explore how various instructional conditions within schools are related to student achievement.
  • Pre-ACT

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
    Required or Optional: Required by state
    Who takes it?: Students in Grade 10
    What is it and why is it important?: The Pre-ACT is a standardized, curriculum-based, multiple-choice achievement test that includes four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science, reported on the same scale as the ACT.
    How are results used?: Results are used by high schools for advising and counseling students, by WCPSS for evaluating instructional effectiveness and planning curriculum, for predicting which students are on track to be ready for college, and to asa source of data to help counselors, students and parents make appropriate course placement decisions.
  • PSAT

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
    Required or Optional: Optional
    Who takes it?: Open to any student each fall
    What is it and why is it important?: The PSAT is a standardized, multiple-choice test that includes three sections: critical reading, mathematics and writing. The test provides practice for the SAT and allows students the opportunity to enter National Merit scholarship programs. Individual PSAT results are helpful for advising and counseling students.
    How are results used?: At the high school and division levels, PSAT results are used to evaluate instructional effectiveness and to plan curriculum, serving as an additional piece of data for student course placement. Results are also used to qualify 11th graders for National Merit Scholarships.
  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

    School Level: High
    Subject/Type: College Entrance Exams
    Required or Optional: Required by many colleges for admission
    Who takes it?: High school students bound for colleges
    What is it and why is it important?: There are two types of SAT tests offered: the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. The SAT is a standardized, multiple-choice test with three sections: critical reading, mathematics and writing. The SAT assesses skills students need to be successful in college.
    How are results used?: Results are used by high schools for advising and counseling students, by WCPSS for evaluating instructional effectiveness and planning curriculum and by colleges and universities to make decisions regarding admissions, scholarships and loans, course placement and academic advising.
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