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Preparing for End-of-Grade Tests
…Standardized tests help educators
 determine which skills students
 have mastered and which ones
 they still need to be taught.
…At the schoolhouse, testing provides
 information on the progress students
 are making according to the
 academic standards of the state
• Overview of North Carolina EOG
  testing program
  – Reading EOG (3 – 8)
  – Math EOG (3 – 8)
  – Science EOG (5 & 8)
• Academic Preparation
• Test-taking Strategies
• Practice Tests


Preparing for EOGs Overview
Assessment Flow Chart
• May 10 - 13 (End-of-Grade tests
  administered grades 3 – 8)
• May 11 - 26 (Regular EOG Make-up:
  Math, Reading & Science)
• May 24 - 27 (NC EOG Retesting
  Reading & Math)

           *Only one subject can be given on a
           regular school day (math and reading
           must be scheduled on consecutive
           days, science can be scheduled the
           same week or on a consecutive
           week).


   Testing Window - 2010
End-of-Grade
  Reading
• Measures reading comprehension and
  knowledge of vocabulary
• Based on the North Carolina English
  Language Arts Standard Course of
  Study (NCSCOS)
• Provides students with selections to
  read and questions to answer related
  to those sections
• There are eight (8) sections at grades
  3 -5 and nine (9) at grades 6 – 8



        Reading EOG
Grade Span   # of items   Time limit
                          (minutes)
   3-5          50           115



   6-8          56           115




Reading EOG Test Breakdown
End-of-Grade
   Math
•    Measures student understanding and
     knowledge of five strands or goals:
    1.   Number and operations
    2.   Measurement
    3.   Geometry
    4.   Data analysis and probability
    5.   Algebra
•    Based on the North Carolina Standard
     Course of Study (NCSCOS) for
     mathematics
•    There are calculator active and
     calculator inactive sections

                 Math EOG
 Calculator      Grade Span            # of items    Time limit
                                                      (minutes)
  Active             3-7                  54           *135

 Inactive            3-7                  28            *60

Calculator       Grade Span           # of items    Time limit
                                                    (minutes)

All Active             8                 80           *150

* The Math EOG is virtually untimed




  Math EOG Test Breakdown
End-of-Grade
  Science
•   Administered at grades 5 and 8
•   Measures student understanding
    and knowledge of principles,
    concepts, interpret laboratory
    activities and relate scientific
    information to everyday situations
•   Administration allows calculators
    on the test and students at grade 8
    will also use periodic tables during
    administration of the test


          Science EOG
Calculator       Grade Span       # of items   Time limit
                                               (minutes)

All Active        5 and 8               92       *130


*The Science EOG is virtually untimed




Science EOG Test Breakdown
Question
 Stems
Knowledge
• Tell, list, describe, relate, locate, fine,
  state, name
Organizing
• Explain, interpret, outline, discuss,
  distinguish, predict, restate, translate,
  compare, describe
Applying
• Solve, show, use, illustrate, construct,
  complete, examine, classify


Question Stems and Thinking
           Skills
Analyzing
• Analyze, distinguish, examine, compare,
  contrast, investigate, categorize, identify,
  explain, separate, advertise
Generating & Integrating
• Create, invent, compose, predict, plan,
  construct, design, imagine, propose,
  devise, formulate
Evaluating
• Judge, select, choose, decide, justify,
  debate, verify, argue, recommend,
  assess, discuss, rate, prioritize,
  determine


Question Stems and Thinking
           Skills
 Academic
Preparation
• Discuss your child’s academic
  performance with him or her – how he or
  she is doing in school
• Encourage your child to ask questions
  about things he or she doesn’t
  understand
• Work with your child on his or her
  homework
• Communicate with your child’s teacher(s)
• Encourage your child to make a
  commitment to do well in school and set
  goals



     Academic Preparation
• Make sure your child eats and rests
  well the night before the test
• Make sure your child is on-time the
  day of the test
• Use flash cards to review concepts
  and vocabulary before the test
• Reduce anxiety by reminding your
  child to do his or her best, but not
  with daily reminders about expected
  performance

     Academic Preparation
Test-taking
Strategies
• Read all directions carefully
• Skim selections to attempt at
  identifying the main idea
• Skim questions so that you know
  what to look for when reading the
  passage
• Use the process of elimination on
  multiple choice questions



     Test-Taking Strategies
• Use confident answers to previous
  questions to assist on difficult
  questions
• If you are stuck on a question, move
  on and return to it later
• Take time to answer all questions. A
  blank response is the same as an
  incorrect response



     Test-Taking Strategies
Practice Tests
How Did You Do?
Gateway
Students must:
• Meet local promotion requirements
• Demonstrate grade-level proficiency
  by scoring at or above Achievement
  Level III on state end-of-grade tests
  in reading and mathematics




Grades 3, 5 and 8 – Gateways
Questions?
            Resources:
   www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability


http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/departments/instrAcco
            untability/resources.asp

				
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