The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests of Science–Grades 5 and 8 assess the Essential Standards for Science. These tests require students to demonstrate knowledge of important principles and concepts, understand and interpret laboratory activities, and relate scientific information to everyday situations. In order to align with this curriculum's focus on inquiry, these tests have an increased focus on processing information and higher-order thinking skills. The first statewide operational North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests of Science were administered in the spring of 2008.


Test Specifications for End-of-Grade (EOG) Grades 5 & 8 Science and End-of-Course (EOC) Biology Assessments (Revised March 2015)
Test specification information for the EOG Grades 5 & 8 Science and EOC Biology assessments aligned to the NC Essential Standards of Science is available. Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, assessment delivery modes and number of items per standard is included.


Periodic Table of the Elements (pdf, 408kb)
For use during the administration of the grade 8 end-of-grade science test


Achievement Level Information
Publications regarding Achievement Levels1-4 for the End-of-Grade Science Tests


End-of-Grade Tests: Number of Items and Total Test Time (Minutes) (pdf, 45kb)
Number of items and administration time chart for the North Carolina End-of-Grade Test of Science


Understanding the Individual Student Report Documents (UISRs)
A Web page containing all of the UISRs for the North Carolina Testing Program.


Test Development Process
Information on the test development process for state multiple-choice tests and information for potential item writers and reviewers


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


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