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DIVISION MISSION :: The mission of the Accountability Services Division is to promote the academic achievement of all North Carolina public school students and to assist stakeholders in understanding and gauging this achievement against state and national standards. The major thrust of this mission is three-fold: the design and development of reliable and valid assessment instruments, the uniform implementation of and access to suitable assessment instruments for all students; and the provision of accurate and statistically appropriate reports.
(Revised September 2005)

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Achievement Level Ranges (Cut Scores) and Achievement Level Descriptors


Test Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments
Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science are now available. Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes is included.


Course Codes that Align with the NC Final Exams (pdf, 93kb)
The attached chart lists course codes that align with the NC Final Exams (formerly called the Measures of Student Learning: NC’s Common Exams) that will be administered during the 2013-14 school year. (Updated November 26, 2013)


Accountability, Testing, and Common Exams Webinar Presentation (ppt, 2mb)
This presentation was used during the webinar on October 25, 2012 to stakeholders within the state. A recording of this webinar will be available in the coming weeks.


Revisions to Mathematics Test Specifications at Grades 6 & 7 (September 25, 2012) (doc, 11kb)
Minor revisions that have been made to ensure the tests align more closely with recently released Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mathematics documents.


Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Flexibility
On May 29, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USED) approved North Carolina’s flexibility waiver request from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind as specified in the ESEA. In lieu of the reauthorization of ESEA by Congress, the waiver will remain in effect for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. For additional information, visit the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) webpage in the NCDPI Federal Program Monitoring section.


August 1, 2013 Memo - Request for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical
Emergencies and/or Conditions
The Request for Testing Exceptions Based on Significant Medical Emergencies and/or Conditions memo from Rebecca Garland and Angela Quick outlines policies and procedures concerning requests for testing exceptions based on significant medical emergencies.


Sample Forms of Next Generation Assessments
Sample forms of the new READY End of Course (EOC) assessments for English II,
Algebra I/Integrated I, and Biology will be available on the web early fall 2012. Sample forms of the new READY End of Grade (EOG) assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science will be available on the web late winter 2013. The sample forms will be made available on the current released forms web page.


Guidelines, Practice and Examples for Math Gridded Response Items


North Carolina READY School Accountability Reporting: Globally Competitive Students (pdf, 517kb)
Presentation given to the SBE on May 2, 2012.


ACT North Carolina State Testing Website
North Carolina will begin administering three new assessments (the ACT, PLAN, and WorkKeys) in 2011-12 in preparation for the state's new accountability model and to provide additional diagnostic tools for students and their teachers. For more information about these assessments, please visit the ACT website.


ACT Webinar: Understanding and Utilizing Report Data (Recorded April 20,2012)
This link is to the recorded version ot the ACT Webinar: Understanding and Utilizing Report Data, presented by Mike DiNicola and Jackie Pearson, ACT Consultants for Program Solutions, on Friday, April 20, 2012.

To view the webinar, you will be asked to enter your name, email address, and district as if you were registering for the live webinar. The entire webinar was recorded, including the question and answer segment at the end. The facilitator of the session, Kayla Siler, is the person reading the questions asked by the participants.

The April 20th webinar is a repeat of the webinar presented on Thursday, April 19th by the same presenters. ACT Senior Consultants, Jacque Twiggs and Mary Hendricks, were also present at both sessions of the webinar.


North Carolina State Testing ACT—Accommodations Webinar (Recorded on December 5, 2011) (mov, 36.2mb)


PLAN Informational Webinar (Presented on November 9 & 10, 2011) (mov, 32.1mb)


North Carolina State Testing ACT & PLAN Implementation Webinar (Recorded on October 3, 2011) (mov, 25.2mb)



Testing Calendars


Released Test Forms
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Accountability Services Division/North Carolina Testing Program has released one test form for each grade level and subject tested.


Lexile® Information for Educators, Parents and Librarians
The Lexile Framework® is a tool that makes it possible to place readers and reading material ("text") on the same scale. The difference between a reader's Lexile® measure and a reading material's Lexile® measure is used to forecast the comprehension the reader will have with the reading material.


Understanding the Individual Student Report Documents (UISRs)
A web page containing all of the UISRs for the North Carolina testing program.


The Online Testing Irregularity Submission System (OTISS) Web Page
User documentation and automated tutorials to help test coordinators submit and process testing irregularities


Required Tests/Assessment Options

  • Required Tests for the North Carolina Testing Program:
    2013-2014 (pdf, 39kb) | 2012-2013 (pdf, 46kb) | 2011-2012 (pdf, 26kb) | 2010-2011 (pdf, 42kb)
    Charts of North Carolina State Board of Education required testing

  • Required Tests and Accountability for the North Carolina Testing Program
    2013-2014 (pdf, 49kb) | 2012-2013 (pdf, 52kb) | 2011-2012 (pdf, 51kb) | 2010-2011 (pdf, 51kb)
    Charts of North Carolina State Board of Education and NCLB required testing
  • North Carolina Testing Program Assessment Options
    Information on the standard test administration and alternate assessment options available and their eligibility criteria
  • North Carolina Testing Program Overview (pdf, 83kb)
    Descriptions of the tests required by the North Carolina Testing Program; elementary school-grades 3-8; high school grades 9-12; and alternate assessments


No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Data and Reports
Links to the following state accountability reports: State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Disaggregated Data Report | State Testing Results | Technical Reports | Student Accountability Standards Report | SAT Report | NAEP Reports | Research and Evaluation Reports


Testing Security
North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics, Testing Security Protocol and Procedures for North Carolina School Personnel publication, and The Proctor's Guide


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • NCDPI NAEP Web site
    Reports and resources for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

United States Department of Education (USED) Related Items

  • Letter from USED regarding the approval of North Carolina's standards and assessments (October 22, 2010)
    (pdf, 929kb)
  • Prior letter from USED regarding the results of the peer review process (August 12, 2009)
    (pdf, 910kb)