ERIC Number: ED462428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The 2000-2001 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 2000-2001 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 assessments were administered in 2000-2001 to all students in grades 4 and 8, including those in charter schools. Each form of the open-ended assessment is designed around a reading passage or passages with test items loosely linked to passage content. Each assessment consists of six reading and six mathematics items. The fourth grade test required narrative writing; the eighth grade test required expository writing. Results from the 2000-2001 grade four assessment indicate that students have difficulty analyzing text, making inferences, and drawing conclusions from what they have read. Students are usually able to read and comprehend at a concrete level, but have difficulty using the text as support for analysis and evaluation. The statewide total mean scale score for the 101,697 students tested in grade 4 was 51.4. The statewide total mean scale score for eighth graders were 53.4 for the 93,934 students taking the test. For both years, there were differences in the performance of racial and ethnic groups. Females generally scored slightly higher than males. Detailed results are provided in a series of tables and figures, and 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