3000 - Educational Program

3410 Testing and Assessment Program

The board believes that an effective testing and assessment program evaluates the progress of individual students and helps ensure that educational goals and objectives are being met for every child. A testing program also assists in the continued refinement of the instructional program.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the testing program contributes to the learning process rather than detracts from it. Efforts also will be made to use only culture-free or culture-fair tests in order to ensure that measurements are reasonably accurate.

A. NORTH CAROLINA AND LOCAL TESTING PROGRAM

The board directs the superintendent to administer all state-required tests. Students not meeting testing standards must be provided remedial instruction and retesting in accordance with legal requirements.

The superintendent may plan and provide for the administration of end-of-course tests for high school courses that are not included in the North Carolina Testing Program. The superintendent shall have discretion to determine which high school courses will be subject to local end-of-course tests.

B. TEST ADMINISTRATION

The instructional staff is responsible for the development and administration of the testing program. All testing personnel, teachers and school administrators are required to be familiar with and adhere to the Testing Code of Ethics for state tests and individual school tests. Failure to follow the Code may result in disciplinary sanctions, including termination or revocation of administrative and/or teaching licenses.

Consistent with state goals, the superintendent shall submit to the board for approval a plan for transitioning to online administration of all end-of-grade and end-of-course tests beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The superintendent shall conduct any necessary evaluation of the school system’s connectivity, personnel and hardware needs prior to developing the plan and shall consider State Board of Education best practices for online assessments in the development of the plan. Once the school system has fully transitioned to online assessments, the superintendent shall keep the board informed of any resources or other measures needed to enable continued full participation in online assessments.

C. PARTICIPATION IN FIELD TESTING

The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the time students spend taking standardized state and local tests and the frequency of field testing at a particular school are minimized. Specifically, the superintendent shall ensure the following.

1. Schools will devote no more than two days of instructional time per year to the taking of practice tests that do not have the primary purpose of assessing current student learning.

2. Students will not be subject to field tests or national tests during the two week period preceding their school’s administration of end of grade tests, end of course tests or regularly scheduled final exams.

3. No school will participate in more than two field tests at any one grade level during a school year unless that school volunteers, through a vote of its school improvement team, to participate in an expanded number of field tests.

Legal References:
G.S. 115C, art. 10A; 115C-47, -81, -174.11, -174.12(a), -276, -288, -307; State Board of Education Policies GCS-A series; GCS-C series; GCS-N series;16 N.C.A.C. 6D .0301 – .0306
Cross References:
Professional and Staff Development (policy 1610/7800), Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Student Promotion and Accountability (policy 3420), Other References: Online Assessments Best Practices Guide (NC DPI July 2011)
Adopted:
Monday, 05 November 2012
Last Updated: