Where do state End of Grade tests come from?

The WCPSS Evaluation & Research Department has published an informational report helping to explain the development of state End of Grade tests and state End of Course tests.

The state establishes the NC Standard Course of Study, what students are to learn at each grade level. The tests are developed to measure success in learning this course of study. As the standard course of study is changed over time so is the testing.

This report summarizes basic information about the state’s test development process. The report provides information on the quality control process that the state uses to decide which items make it onto their tests, how the difficulty of test items is measured, and how the test items are linked to the curriculum standards. Links to additional resources on the state’s testing program are also provided.

You can find the report online here.