ERIC Number: ED413351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina Open-Ended Assessment. Grades 5 and 8. The 1996-97 Report of Student Performance.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
The end-of-grade component of the North Carolina Testing Program was implemented in 1992-93 in response to state legislation. The end-of-grade tests emphasize higher-order thinking skills and the ability of students to solve real-life types of problems. These tests also reflect the higher standards set forth in national curriculum standards for student achievement. The open-ended assessment was administered to all students at grades 5 and 8 in November, 1996. One form was administered to all students in each grade, and the time of administration was 90 minutes. Each open-ended test is built around a reading passage or passages, and each test consists of six reading and six mathematics items. Professional scorers were trained to score the assessments using rubrics developed by North Carolina educators. Results from the open-ended assessment were returned to the school districts in March 1997 to give teachers feedback between instructional efforts and student performance. This was the first year of assessments in a new format, so comparison data was not available for earlier years. For grade 5, the mean total scale score for females was 48.2 and for males, 46.9. The mean total scale score for White students was 49.8, compared to 42.8 for Black students, 44.0 for Hispanic students, 43.6 for American Indians, 49.3 for Asians, 47.9 for multiracial students, and 46.6 for "other" students. In grade 8, results showed similar values, with females outscoring males, and results for ethnic groups generally were parallel to the grade-5 scores. Tables provide information about reading and mathematics achievement by ethnic group, gender, region, and school district. (Contains 12 figures, 10 tables, and 5 charts.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary Education, Ethnic Groups, Mathematics, Performance Based Assessment, Problem Solving, Racial Differences, Reading Achievement, School Districts, Scoring, Sex Differences, Standards, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing Programs, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina