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November 18, 2013 - NC Final Exams Math Test Specifications
Listed below are 3 Test Specification documents for the Fall administration of the NC Final Exams in Mathematics. Please review and share.
The attached specifications for NC Final Exams will be placed on the NC DPI Mathematics wiki very soon.
Common Core HS Math
Algebra II/Geometry
Discrete Math

Posted 12/21/11
NC Testing Program
The NC Testing Program will continue delivering statewide summative assessments in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts, grades 5 and 8 in Science, and at the high school level for Algebra I, English II, and Biology. Beginning in 2014-15, DPI expects to implement the assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The assessments planned through SBAC will include ELA/Math for grades 38 and one High School Assessment in ELA and Math (w/ Performance Tasks in grades 9 & 10) and would replace the current NC developed EOG and EOC assessments in ELA and Math.

Webinar: - Common Assessments: What You Need to Know
The archived webinar is now available here. You will need to register for the webinar in order to view it (or you can just enter my email address at the top).
The power point is available here:

Using $360 million in Race to the Top money, two large groups of states are designing assessment systems for the common standards that have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. The new tests aim to move past the current one-shot, multiple-choice-only approach by requiring essays, projects, and other tasks designed to gauge deeper, more complex learning. The groups are also working on a variety of resources for teachers, such as model instructional units and formative assessments. This webinar will provide a briefing on the two groups’ distinctively different test designs and the range of instructional tools they’re planning.

For more on common assessments and the consortia, read these stories from Education Week:

"New Details Surface About Common Assessments" January 9, 2012

"Assessment Consortium Releases Final Content Frameworks," (Curriculum Matters Blog) November 10, 2011

"Consortia Flesh Out Concepts for Common Assessments," August 24, 2011

"State Consortium Scales Back Common-Assessment Design," July 13, 2011

"Common Assessments Are a Test for Schools' Technology," April 27, 2011

"Three Groups Apply for Race to Top Test Grants," June 23, 2010

"Open-Ended Test Items Pose Challenges," January 27, 2010