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The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests of Science–Grades 5 and 8 assess the Essential Standards for Science. These tests require students to demonstrate knowledge of important principles and concepts, understand and interpret laboratory activities, and relate scientific information to everyday situations. In order to align with this curriculum's focus on inquiry, these tests have an increased focus on processing information and higher-order thinking skills. The first statewide operational North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests of Science were administered in the spring of 2008.


Periodic Table of the Elements (pdf, 408kb)
For use during the administration of the grade 8 science test and grade 8 NCEXTEND2 science test


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) End-of-Grade Science Tests (doc, 35kb)


Test Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments
Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science are now available. Information on the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes is included.


Achievement Level Information
Publications regarding Achievement Levels1-4 for the End-of-Grade Science Tests


End-of-Grade Tests: Number of Items and Total Test Time (Minutes) (pdf, 45kb)
Number of items and administration time chart for the North Carolina End-of-Grade Test of Science


Understanding the Individual Student Report Documents (UISRs)
A Web page containing all of the UISRs for the North Carolina Testing Program.


Test Development Process
Information on the test development process for state multiple-choice tests and information for potential item writers and reviewers


Timeline for Science Test Development (pdf, 93kb)
Test development information for the science EOG and EOC tests 2004–2008


State Testing Results
Multiple reports providing testing results


Testing Security
North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics, Testing Security Protocol and Procedures for North Carolina School Personnel publication, and the Proctor's Guide


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