ERIC Number: ED456148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The 1999-2000 Report of Student Performance: North Carolina Open-Ended Assessment, Grades 4 and 8.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability/Testing.
This document describes the North Carolina Open-Ended Assessment for grades 4 and 8 and presents results for the 1999-2000 administration. The assessment emphasizes higher level thinking skills and requires students to apply or demonstrate skills and knowledge beyond the recall level on challenging subject matter. The open-ended assessment has been implemented at different times and in different grades, but in 1999-2000, it was administered in grades 4 and 8 to all public school students. The assessment was designed around a reading passage with test items loosely linked to the passage. Each assessment contains six reading and six mathematics items. Because this was the first year of the grade-4 assessment, comparisons could not be made with past years' scores. Results indicate that students have difficulty analyzing text, making inferences, and drawing conclusions from what they have read. They were able to read and comprehend at a literal level, but had trouble using the text as support for analysis and evaluation. They also had trouble with the mathematics problems that required analyzing or creating charts, graphs, or tables. There were differences in the performance of racial groups, with the mean scale score for whites 52.4, while that for black students was 45.0. In grade 8, the statewide total mean score was 53.0 (56.0 in mathematics; 50.0 in reading) with 90,196 students taking the test. Females scored slightly higher than males, and there were differences among ethnic and racial groups. Detailed results are provided in a series of tables and figures. Test form samples and sample test questions are included. (Contains 8 figures and 20 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability/Testing.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina