ERIC Number: ED483455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-1
Understanding the North Carolina High School Comprehensive Test--Reading and Mathematics. Assessment Brief. Volume 9, Number 5
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina High School Comprehensive Test (HSCT)--Reading and Mathematics is currently being utilized to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001. No Child Left Behind requires that, by the 2005-06 school year, each state must measure every child's progress in reading and math in each of grades 3 through 8 and at least once during grades 10 through 12, hence the high school comprehensive test being administered in the 10th grade. The HSCT was reinstated by the State Board of Education effective with the 2002-03 school year to fulfill this requirement. Student achievement data on the test must be disaggregated, or reported, by student subgroups according to: race, ethnicity, gender, English language proficiency, migrant status, disability status and low-income status. The high school comprehensive test is an end-of-grade curriculum-based test that assesses the reading strand of the English language arts competencies and the mathematics competencies the typical student should have mastered by the end of the tenth grade. The content measured is not course specific. The reading comprehension part of the test assesses a student's ability to read, understand, and critically analyze print material.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.