Understanding End-of-Grade/End-of-Course Test Results
You should receive results of End-Of-Grade and End-Of-Course tests in the mail. 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, NC Math I, NC Math 3 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 score on one of the EOG, EOC or NCEXTEND1 tests. Your child’s performance is reflected in up to four data elements. These elements are:
- Achievement Level (Not Proficient, 3, 4 or 5 for EOGs and EOCs OR Not Proficient, 3 or 4 for NCEXTEND1)
- Scale score
- Percentile Rank
- Lexile for Reading and Quantile for Mathematics
You are also provided a comparison of how your child performed to the average scale scores of students in your child’s school, WCPSS and North Carolina. Learn more.
What do each of the achievement levels mean?
Full details on achievement levels are provided by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
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 N.C. Department of Public Instruction's testing information page.