K-2 Assessment News! June 15th .
In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, NC Department of Public Instruction provides Local Education Agencies with state-developed assessments to be implemented for Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. These assessments include documented, on-going individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. Local Education Agencies may use these assessment instruments as presented, adaptations of them, or adopt unique assessments.

The newly revised K-2 Mathematics Formative Assessment Tasks and the K-2 Mathematics Administration Manual will be available electronically at: http://maccss.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/ by June 15, 2012. A mid-year benchmark assessment and end-of-year summative assessment will be provided directly to district directors in early Fall, 2012.

For additional information, questions, or comments, please contact Barbara Bissell (Barbara.bissell@dpi.nc.gov) or Amy Scrinzi (amy.scrinzi@dpi.nc.gov).


3rd Formative Assessment Directions

First Grade-Directions.pdf
Second Grade-Directions.pdf
Third Grade-Directions.pdf
Fourth Grade-Directions.pdf
Fifth Grade-Directions.pdf

Common Core Assessment News for DPI!

Power Point from DPI regarding their assessment plans DPI Accountability PPt_11_1_11.lnk

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for MathematicsNorth CarolinaAssessment Specifications Summary
Grades 3–8 Mathematics Assessments

Purpose of the Assessments
  • Edition 4 Grades 3–8 mathematics assessments and the High School Math I assessments will measure students’ proficiency on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education in June 2010.
  • Assessment results will be used for school and district accountability under theNorth Carolina ABCs Program and for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Curriculum Cycle
  • June 2010: North Carolina State Board of Education adoption of the CCSS
  • 2010–2011: Item development for the Next Generation of Assessments, Edition 4
  • 2011–2012: Administration of stand-alone field tests of Edition 4 assessments
  • 2012–2013: Operational administration of Edition 4 assessments aligned to the CCSS

  • The CCSS is posted at: http://www.corestandards.org/.
  • Each grade includes a set of content standards.
  • In addition to the content standards, the CCSS includes eight Standards for Mathematical Practice that cross domains, grade levels, and high school courses. Assessment items written for specific content standards will, as much as possible, also link to one or more of the mathematical practice

Prioritization of Standards
  • The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction invited teachers to collaborate and develop recommendations for a prioritization of standards indicating the relative importance of each standard, the anticipated instructional time, and the appropriateness of the standard for a multiple-choice or gridded-response item format. Subsequently, curriculum and test development staff from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction met to review the results from the teacher panels and to develop weight distributions across the domains for each grade level. See Tables 1–3 below.
  • Some content standards in the CCSS will not be directly assessed in the Edition 4 test because either (1) the standard cannot be appropriately assessed during a limited time assessment using multiple-choice and/or gridded-response items or (2) the standard is better assessed through another, more inclusive standard.

Table 1
Weight Distributions for Grades 3–5
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Number and Operations—Fractions
Measurement and Data
* What will Next Generation Assessments be Like? - Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the new Common Core State and NC Essential Standards will be taught and assessed in all North Carolina public schools. Schools are currently participating in the stand-alone field tests for the new assessments in ELA, Math and Science. Test specifications are available on the website to describe the information that will be included in the new assessments (by content area and grade level). You can find the new assessments specifications at www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/online/ .
Additional information available on the online assessment website includes a quick reference document about the Next Generation of Assessments. This document describes the benefits of the new assessments and the timeline for administration, references the alignment with the SMARTER Balanced Assessments, and provides additional resources for more information about plans for the transition to these new assessments. You can find the quick reference document at www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/assessment/assess1pageroct11.pdf .
Common Core National Assessment Information:

Are you using Kathy Richardson Assessments? click here to go to our Kathy Richardson support page!

CMS Round 2 Assessment Information: Elementary Benchmark Assessments Round Two 2011.pdf

Assessment information:
Formative Assessment NEWS

Error on 1st Grade Formative Task Assessment!

Task 7
Materials: Base-ten blocks, paper, pencil
There are 88 pieces of gum on the counter. If you give 70 pieces of gum away, how many pieces of gum are there now?

1.NBT.6 refers to subtracting multiples of 10 from multiples of ten. The task should read, "there are 80 peices of gum on the counter"

How do I access the Formative Assessments?

Click on the Data Wise portal then on the “Resources” tab, Then click on the folders highlighted below

?Where I can find how the quantile scores translate to levels?
The below link is a table that gives mid-year ranges for each grade level.
The Quantile Teacher Assistant (http://qta.quantiles.com/) is very useful for helping with planning small group instruction at developmentally appropriate levels.

CMS Assessment Department Monthly Newsletter:

The CMS Assesment Department (office of accountability) has published Data Tools Montly- a newsletter to help keep you informed about assessments in CMS. This phenomenal newsletter provides information on:
- professional development opportunities
- changes for the 2011-2012 school year
- data portals
- and much more!

I will continue to post these newsletters as they become available!

CMS Assessment Newsletter June_2011.pdf