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The assessment focus for NCDPI is on a comprehensive, balanced assessment system focused on using assessments to improve instruction and fairly assess learning and instructional effectiveness. DPI is also transitioning toward the goal of administering all assessments online by the 2014-15 school year.

For the 2012-13 school year, the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments will continue to be available online along with some of the End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments. The following is the list of assessments that are available through the NCTest online assessment system:

  • Algebra I/Integrated Math I
  • Biology
  • English II
  • Grades 5 and 8 Science
  • NCEXTEND2 (Biology, English II, Algebra I/Integrated I, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math, Grades 5 and 8 Science)

Paper-and-pencil versions of these assessments will be available for order, but NCDPI strongly encourages administering these assessments online. To learn more about the online requirements and the online testing system click here.




Test Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments
Specifications for the Next Generation of Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and 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.


Common Core and Essential Standards Sites
A website published by the NCDPI Curriculum division that contains links to information on the Common Core and Essential Standards.


Summary of the Online Comparability Studies for North Carolina's End-of-Course Assessment Program (pdf, 587kb)
This report presents a summary of online comparability studies conducted on behalf of North Carolina's Enhanced Assessment Grant. The primary focus of this summary and of the grant was on methods for evaluating comparability of test variations (such as paper/pencil and online).


NCTest Brochure (pdf, 188kb)
A brochure providing an overview of the NCTest web browser-based testing system that will be used to deliver online statewide summative assessments for the North Carolina Testing Program for the 2011-2012 school year.


Next Generation Assessments Roadmap
A Pearson Education, Inc. website that includes information on the benefits of online assessing, guidelines for making the transition, important considerations, and case studies.
A website designed to help address the challenges and leverage the opportunities of next generation assessment systems powered by technology.


Quick Reference Guide to the Next Generation of Summative Assessments (pdf, 185kb)
A quick guide to the next generation of summative assessments that includes the expected timeline
for full implementation of online testing.


The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
The website for the state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments


Online Assessment Update (February 2012) (pdf, 547kb)
A presentation used for regional instructional technology meetings


Online Assessments - Tips, Notes, and Resources (pdf, 55kb)