January 24, 2013: Online Module for Scoring Performance Items on MSLs (Common Exams) Now Available in NC Education

The online module on scoring the performance items on the Measures of Student Learning: NC’s Common Exams is now live in NC Education. The direct link to the module is: https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/course/view.php?id=167311. Clicking on this link will take the user to NC Education, but he or she will need to sign in to access the course. Another way to access the module is to log into NC Education, then search using the title “MSL Grades 9 – 12.”

The module includes a general section that all teachers should complete, and then a specific section for each content area: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. A teacher can print a certificate of completion after each section. Prior to the release of the module, DPI recommends that districts consider how teachers should complete the module. Some districts may want teachers to complete all of the sections, while others may only require them to complete the section on their own content area.

October 9, 2012: Webinar Addresses Accountability, Testing and Common Exams

Register Now for Common Exams Webinar On Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-noon, NCPAPA and the NCDPI will host a webinar to provide updates and answer questions on the Common Exams (formerly referred to as Measures of Student Learning). During the hour-long webinar, NCDPI staff will provide information aligned to frequently asked questions and also provide an opportunity for additional questions. To participate, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/142460961 to register. For more information, please contact Jennifer Preston at jennifer.preston@dpi.nc.gov or Emily Doyle edoyle@ncasa.net

Webinar to Address Accountability, Testing, and Common Exams On Oct. 25 from 3:30-5 p.m., the NCDPI Accountability Services staff and the Race to the Top Project Coordinator for Educator Effectiveness will host an informational webinar on the state’s new accountability model, the new end-of-course and end-of-grade assessments, and the Common Exams (formerly known as Measures of Student Learning). The primary audience for this webinar is principals and classroom teachers. However, superintendents, central office personnel, and test coordinators are welcome to attend. Space is limited, so please register early. The webinar will be recorded and made available, along with any documents/resources presented during the webinar, on the Accountability Services web page. To register, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/874219937 .

2012-13 READY NCEXTEND2 Online Assessments

For the 2012-13 school year, allNCEXTEND2 assessments will be delivered in an online format. This includes the NCEXTEND2 assessments for Biology, English II, Algebra I/Integrated I, Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics, and Grades 5 and 8 Science. In the fall of 2007, the NCDPI conducted a feasibility study for both the end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments for online delivery of the NCEXTEND2 assessments. Teachers also suggested features that would ensure an optimal testing environment for the students. During the spring 2011 item tryouts, the NCEXTEND2 assessments were administered completely online. The success observed and lessons learned with the administration of the NCEXTEND2 assessments helped move NC forward in the transition to online assessments.
NOTE: LEAs have the option of administering NCEXTEND2 assessments in the online or paper-and pencil format; however, online testing is strongly encouraged. For more information, please contact Kayla Siler at Kayla.siler@dpi.nc.gov or visit www.ncpublicschools.org/accountabillity/testing .

August 1, 2012: 2012 Accountability Report Background Packet Now Available

Thursday the State Board of Education will receive the 2011-12 ABCs/AMOs accountability report. The presentation will occur at the end of the Board meeting, which is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. As a part of this report, the Board also will receive the 2012 four- and five-year cohort graduation rates. The ABCs site will be operational by 10 a.m. Thursday morning and can be accessed at http://abcs.ncpublicschools.org/abcs.

Attached is the 2012 ABCs Background Packet for your information. The packet includes highlights of the ABCs program for the 2011-12 school year, components of the K-8 and high school accountability models and a screen shot of the report format.