ERIC Number: ED425181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Interpretive Guide for North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests. Mathematics, Reading Comprehension. Local Use Form 1997-1998.
Sanford, Eleanor E.
The North Carolina End-of-Grade Testing Program is based on the assessment of higher-level skills, the thinking and problem-solving strategies that enable people to access, sort, and digest information. The end-of-grade tests, which are aligned with the state's "Standard Course of Study," were designed to be administered at the end of instruction in grades 3 through 8. They are designed to assess reading comprehension and mathematics skills, but other curriculum areas are integrated into the assessments. The content validity of the item pools was defined through several operations, and both difficulty level and thinking skill level were used to classify test items. Each test consists of 10 passages and from 3 to 8 associated questions per passage. Some forms of the end-of-grade tests have been designated as "secure for local use" and are no longer considered secure for statewide use. Designating a form of the test for local use allows school systems to retest students after interventions, deliver staff development, and conduct research studies. For each item on a "secure for local use" test form item information is provided on the curriculum goal and objective from the North Carolina "Standard Course of Study," the thinking skill associated with the item, the correct answer, and the p-value (percentage of students who responded correctly to the item during the 1998 administration of the test). Mathematics items and reading comprehension items are given for grades 3 through 8. (Contains two tables and three figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability/Testing.