Assessment Resources

December 14, 2011: Assessment Updates from Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent

As you know developing “common assessments” for statewide use in the non-tested subject areas is an important part of implementing our state's new teacher effectiveness and evaluation model. In fact, more than 800 teachers and others are involved in developing these common assessments to ensure that the products are on target and appropriate. To assist in this area, the NCDPI has entered into two local partnerships that will help the educator work groups more this work forward efficiently and effectively. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Wake County Public Schools have agreed to partner with the NCDPI and the educator work groups to share assessment materials that they have already developed in their districts. This will provide the educator work groups with a rich array of assessment items to review and consider along with other vendor-produced materials in order to develop the common assessments. We also welcome any other school district having developed assessments or common exams to join with us in this partnership. I want to extend a special thanks to Wake Superintendent Tony Tata and CMS Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh for their willingness to be collaborative partners in this area. All of us will benefit as a result.

June Atkinson

State Superintendent

What will Next Generation Assessments be Like?

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in all North Carolina public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math and Science. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications at .

Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of the new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at .

December 7, 2011: Accountability Reporting Updates -- Jo Ann Honeycutt, NCDPI -- NWRESA Principals' Council

December 6, 2011: Accountability Updates - Presentation from November Curriculum Meeting in Greensboro

December 5, 2011: Updates from the Online Assessment Workgroup

Online Assessment Quick Reference -

Test Specifications (ELA, Mathematics, and Science) –

Online Assessment Best Practices Guide -

General Assessment Information (EOCs) -

General Assessment Information (EOGs) -

Online Assessment (NCTest Info – tutorial, video, tech requirements, etc) -

You can also feel free to direct questions to

November 17: Please provide your feedback on the New Accountability Model no later than November 30!

November 16: SMARTER Balanced Sample Assessment Items

November 1: NCTest Preview: This site houses a sample assessment prototypes for online delivery.