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NEWS RELEASES 2009-10

NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: AUGUST 24, 2009

NC END-OF-COURSE AND END-OF-GRADE TESTS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Now all of North Carolina can see if they are - in fact - smarter than a fifth grader. Starting today, one form of most of North Carolina's statewide assessments and the corresponding answer keys and scoring tables are available at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms. This is the first time that the tests have been publicly available for review by students, parents and others. The released tests are out of the official end-of-course and end-of-grade test rotation.

"Being able to see the tests first-hand takes the mystery out of our testing program," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "We hope that North Carolinians will look at these tests and see the increased level of learning expected today."

Releasing forms of the test was a commitment that the State Board of Education made as a part of its "Framework for Change" efforts. The Board's decision to release one form of each test is intended to increase public awareness and transparency for the state's assessment program. The released tests include all of the questions used to determine a student's final score, although the layout of the forms available online is slightly different. The tests students took in classrooms also contained experimental field-test questions and these questions are not posted online as they may be used again in future tests.

"It is important for teachers and parents to look at these assessments so that they can better understand the expectations we have for students by the end of each grade and course," said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison. "When everyone is aware of our academic standards for students, we can work together to make sure they are meeting them."

Forms and answer keys are available online for the following assessments: grade 3 pre-tests, reading and math end-of-grade tests for grades 3-8, end-of-grade science tests for grades 5 and 8, and the online computer skills test. End-of-course test forms and answers are available for the following subjects: Algebra I and II, Geometry, English I, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Civics and Economics and U.S. History. More information about the state's testing program is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/.

For more information, contact the NCDPI's Communication's division at 919/807-3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.