Priority: Globally Competitive Students
Policy ID Number: GCS-A-016
Policy Title: Policy Delineating Use of State-Designated Assessments for the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process
Current Policy Date: 06/05/2014
Other Historical Information: 10/01/2013, 11/07/2013
Statutory Reference: GC 115C-81(b)(4): Nc Constitution Article IX
Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Reference Number and Category:
STATE-DESIGNATED ASSESSMENTS FOR USE IN THE NORTH CAROLINA TEACHER EVALUATION PROCESS
This Rule shall apply to all public schools including traditional, charter, and regional schools who accepted funding through the Race to the Top grant and as a condition of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver.
(a) As part of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System, the following assessments shall be used to assess educatorsí performance in relation to Standard Six of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process and Standard Eight of the School Executive Evaluation Process:
1. End-of-Grade English Language Arts/Reading (grades 3-8)
2. End-of-Grade Mathematics (grades 3-8)
3. End-of-Grade Science (grades 5 and 8)
4. End-of-Course Math I
5. End-of-Course English II
6. End-of-Course Biology
7. NC Final Exams
8. K-3 Checkpoints
9. Career and Technical Education State Assessments
10. Analysis of Student Work
11. Locally Developed Processes for Measuring Student Growth
(b) All eligible public school students shall participate in the administration of the aforementioned assessments (standard administrations with or without accommodations).
(c) Public schools shall administer these assessments within the North Carolina Department of Public Instructionís designated testing window.
1. Last 5 days of the course for block or semester courses or
2. Last 10 days of the course for yearlong courses.
(d) Public schools shall use the course-specific operational assessment as the only final exam for the course.
(e) Public schools shall use results from all course-specific operational assessments as a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the student's final grade for each respective course.† This requirement does not apply to end-of-year assessments in grades 3-8.
(f) Public schools may adopt policies to use results from end-of-year assessments in††††† grades 3-8 elementary and middle school assessments as part of the studentís final grade.
(g) Regardless of the grade level in which the course is offered, students enrolled in courses in which assessments are required shall take the appropriate assessment at the completion of the course.
1. † This requirement does not apply to students for Science NC Final Exams at††† grades 4, 6, and 7 whose teachers have their test scores for the same year from the end-of-grade tests of English Language Arts/Reading and/or Mathematics and/or the Social Studies NC Final Exams. The decision must be applied consistently to all schools within a district so that teachers in like categories have the same measures.
2. † This requirement does not apply to students for Social Studies NC Final Exams at grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 whose teachers have their test scores for the same year from the end-of-grade tests of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, and/or Science and/or Science NC Final Exams. The decision must be applied consistently to all schools within a district so that teachers in like categories have the same measures.
3. School Systems may elect to administer the Science and Social Studies Final Exams even if teachers have English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies scores.
(h) Public school students who are exempt from final exams by local board of education policy shall not be exempt from these assessments.
(i) Public school students who are identified as failing a course/grade/subject for which an assessment is required shall take the appropriate assessment.