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Accountability & Testing Frequently Asked Questions
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3.
What are the READY EOG and EOC ELA assessments?
 Where are the English Language Arts test specifications? http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/ela.pdf
 What are the types of questions on the assessments?The Grades 3–8 EndofGrade (EOG) assessments are all multiplechoice. The English II EndofCourse (EOC) assessment will be predominantly multiplechoice, but will also contain technologyenhanced and short constructed response items. For examples of the different item types on the English II test, please go to the following link:go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo Go to “Test Name” and scroll down to “English II Test Tutorial”
 How many questions of each type will there be?
Grade / Subject

Total items

Operational items

Experimental items

3, 4, and 5 General

52

44

8

6, 7, and 8 General

56

48

8

English II General

68

53

15

Grade / Subject

Total items

Operational items

Experimental items

3, 4, and 5 NCEXTEND2

46

40

6

6, 7, and 8 NCEXTEND2

48

41

7

English II NCEXTEND2

48

41

7

 How much time do students have for the assessment? For Grades 3–8 EOG and English II EOC students taking the general assessment, the estimated testing time is 3 hours; the maximum time allowed without accommodations is 4 hours. For the English II NCEXTEND2 assessment, the estimated testing time is 3 hours. According to the Administrative Guide, students taking the NCEXTEND2 assessment may have additional time if they are engaged and working.
 Do any of the assessments extend past one day? EOG English Language Arts and EOC English II assessments are to be given in one day, unless the student has a testing accommodation.
 What are the standards for the EOG English Language Arts and EOC English II assessments? Please refer to the link below and select “English Language Arts Standards” at the bottom left: http://www.corestandards.org/
 Where can a practice test form be obtained? A sample form and separate answer key will be provided online as soon as possible. For the latest information, please check: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/.

4.
What are the READY EOG and EOC for mathematics assessments?
 Where are the test mathematics specifications? http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/assessment/math.pdf
 What are the types of questions on the assessments? Each assessment, including Grades 3–8 EndofGrade (EOG) and Algebra I / Integrated I EndofCourse (EOC), has both calculator active and calculator inactive sections. Questions for EOG grades 3 and 4 are all multiplechoice questions. Grades 5 through 8 EOG assessments and the Algebra I / Integrated I EOC assessment will include some constructedresponse questions (also referred to as gridins) in the calculator inactive section. Questions on the calculator active section are all multiplechoice. All of the constructedresponse questions have a single numeric answer. Students taking a paperpencil version of the test will grid in the answers, while students testing on line will enter the answer in a text box. Practice for gridins may be found at: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/accountability/Scroll down to “Guidelines, Practice and Examples for Math Gridded Response Items”
 How many questions of each type will there be for the Algebra I / Integrated I EOC?
Ready EOC Algebra I / Integrated I Assessment



Number of Questions

Type of Question

General

NCEXTEND2

Multiplechoice – calculator inactive

6

7

Constructedresponse – calculator inactive

12

8

Multiplechoice – calculator active

42

35

TOTAL*

60

50

*Each total includes 10 experimental questions


 How many questions of each type will there be for EOG assessments?
Ready EOG Mathematics  Grades 68



Number of Questions

Type of Question

General

NCEXTEND2

Multiplechoice – calculator inactive

7

7

Constructedresponse – calculator inactive

11

8

Multiplechoice – calculator active

42

35

TOTAL*

60

50

*Each total includes 10 experimental questions








Ready EOG Mathematics  Grade 5




Number of Questions

Type of Question

General

NCEXTEND2

Multiplechoice – calculator inactive

19

18

Constructedresponse – calculator inactive

8

6

Multiplechoice – calculator active

27

24

TOTAL*

54

48

*Total includes 10 experimental questions (General) or 8 (NCEXTEND2)

Ready EOG Mathematics  Grades 34



Number of Questions

Type of Question

General

NCEXTEND2

Multiplechoice – calculator inactive

27

24

Constructedresponse – calculator inactive

0

0

Multiplechoice – calculator active

27

24

TOTAL*

54

48

*Total includes 10 experimental questions (general) or 8 (NCEXTEND2)

 How much time do students have for the assessment? For the EOC Algebra I / Integrated I general assessment, the estimated testing time is 3 hours; the maximum time without accommodations is 4 hours. For the EOC Algebra I / Integrated I NCEXTEND2 assessment, the estimated testing time is 150 minutes. Following the Assessment Guide, students taking the NCEXTEND2 assessment may have additional time if they are engaged and working. For EOG general mathematics assessments, the estimated testing time is 3 hours; the maximum time without accommodations is 4 hours. For EOG NCEXTEND2 mathematics assessments, the estimated testing time is 3 hours. Following the Assessment Guide, students taking the NCEXTEND2 assessment may have additional time if they are engaged and working.
 Do any of the assessments extend past one day? Both the EOG and EOC mathematics assessments are to be given in one day, unless the student has documented special needs requiring accommodation, such as Multiple Testing Sessions.
 How do students proceed from the calculator inactive section to the calculator active section?Students will take the calculator inactive section before the calculator active section. As each student completes the calculator inactive section, he or she will request a calculator from the administrator and continue with the calculator active section. The Assessment Guide provides details for the transition.
 For Algebra I / Integrated I, which standards are assessed? As with the EOG assessments, the Algebra I / Integrated I EOC is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Please refer to the link below for information specific to this assessment: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/High+School
 Where can sample questions be obtained? A released form for the Algebra I / Integrated I assessment is available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms
 What assessment(s) are required for eighthgrade students who take high school mathematics? Eighthgrade students taking one of the firstyear high school mathematics courses (Algebra I, Integrated I, or NC Local Option Math I) are required to take both the grade 8 EOG assessment and the Algebra I / Integrated I EOC assessment.
 Are there other students who will be required to take the EOC mathematics assessment?For federal reporting, by the end of their tenthgrade year, students must have a test score for either Algebra I (taken before the 20122013 school year) or Algebra I / Integrated I. In particular, this affects current tenth grade students who were enrolled in Integrated Math I in 2011–2012 and do not have an Algebra I EOC test score.
 What manipulatives will be available to students?Students will be provided with blank paper and graph paper. They will not be permitted to use rulers or protractors.

5.
What are the READYScience Assessments?
 Where are the Science test specifications? http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/science.pdf
 What are the types of questions on the assessments? The Grades 5 and 8 EndofGrade (EOG) Science assessments and the Biology EndofCourse (EOC) assessment will be predominantly multiplechoice, but will also contain technologyenhanced items. For examples of the different item types, please go to the following link for the science released forms: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms The Grade 8 EndofGrade (EOG) and Grade 8 NC Extend2 Science assessments require access to a periodic table of the elements. It can be downloaded at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/eog/science/
 How many questions of each type will there be?
Grade / Subject

Total items

Operational items

Experimental items

5 General

75

60

15

8 General

75

60

15

Biology General

75

60

15

Grade / Subject

Total items

Operational items

Experimental items

5 NCEXTEND2

56

45

11

8 NCEXTEND2

59

48

11

Biology NCEXTEND2

59

50

9

 How much time do students have for the assessment? For Biology students taking the general assessment, the estimated testing time is 3 hours; the maximum time allowed without accommodations is 4 hours. For the Biology NCEXTEND2 assessment, the estimated testing time is 150 minutes. According to the Assessment Guide, students taking the NCEXTEND2 assessment may have additional time if they are engaged and working.
 Do any of the assessments extend past one day? EOG Science and EOC Biology assessments are to be given in one day, unless the student has the testing accommodation of Multiple Testing Sessions.
 What are the standards for the EOG Science and EOC Biology assessments? Please refer to the link below and scroll down to the Science tab: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/newstandards/
 Where can a practice test form be obtained? A sample form and separate answer key are provided online at the following link: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms For the latest information, please check: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/

6.
What is confidence interval (AMOs)?
When a student group does not meet its proficiency target and does not meet safe harbor criteria, a confidence interval that allows for a margin of error is applied. So an elementary or middle school with a a group that is 75% proficient in reading might make its AMOs (Annual Measurable Objectives), even though the target is 77.2%, when the confidence interval is applied.

7.
What is Safe Harbor?
If a student group meets the 95% participation rate but does not meet the proficiency target, the group can use a safe harbor provision to meet proficiency. The student group must show a 10% reduction in the percentage of students not proficient from the preceding year for the subject area and show progress in its attendance/graduation rate.

9.
Do students all take the same test?
No
Some children with disabilities take the endofgrade (EOG) and endofcourse (EOC) tests as other students do and some take the EOG/EOC tests with accommodations. For students who are not able to take standard assessments even with accommodations, there are alternate assessments. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team at the school determines the type of assessment that is used to gauge the progress and performance in a year for a student with disabilities. In addition, special rules apply for when English language learners must take state tests and when those test results are included in AYP calculations.



