Required End of Year Testing

As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to share information with you regarding the expectations for students to participate in end-of-year testing. Unlike spring 2020, all students are expected to take the following state tests, as required by federal and state laws:

● End-of-grade tests in Reading, Mathematics (grades 3-8), and Science (grades 5 and 8)

● End-of-course tests in NC Math 1, NC Math 3, English II, and Biology

● Career and Technical Education tests

● ACT Work keys

All state and federal assessments are required to be administered in-person, at school. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have students take these assessments at home. The well-being of our students, teachers, and communities is the highest priority and our schools will work to ensure all health and safety protocols are in place. To support safe settings and to give students access to the tests, the testing window has been extended so fewer students are in a school at the same time.

We understand there may be concerns about students who are currently enrolled in the Full Remote Academy coming to school to take an assessment. Please consider the value of having information on your student’s learning for this school year, particularly in planning for instruction next year.

As we have all experienced in the past several months, by working together we can make the best decisions for each student. If you have any concerns or needs, please contact your student’s teacher for more information or a discussion on how we can best meet the needs of your student and your family.

You will find your student’s test date on the opposite side of this page. Our testing should be over by 1:30, but some students may require additional time if operating on federal and state documents requirements. Only students who are testing that day should attend school, and this applies to middle and high school students. There are no teacher made exams, this year. I have listed the days students are to attend and the grade levels on the opposite page, along with the school schedule.

Lunch for students will be given once tests are completed after 1:30. Lunch will be “grab-and-go.”

Transportation cannot release our school early by sending busses earlier than 4:15, but busses will run at the normal time of 4:15.

Parents may pick up their student in the carpool area at 1:30, but please note the following:

  • You must send a note to Ms. Andrews excusing your student

  • It must be sent with your student (no emails, please)

  • It must indicate what time you will be by the school to pick up your student

  • The person picking up the student MUST be a parent or guardian

  • Please be prepared to show a photo ID/driver’s license when picking up your student

Student drivers must also give a parent note to Ms. Andrews if they are leaving early. It is the expectation that they will leave campus after completing testing each day they are scheduled to do so.

Testing begins at 9:15. Late students may have to return on the 27th or 28th to make up tests. Students must also bring their charged CMS Chromebook for testing. If a student does not have their Chromebook or it is not sufficiently charged, they will have to return on the 27th or 28th to make up the tests.

Your child is scheduled to participate in the following North Carolina assessments:

Required End of Year Testing Date(s)

❏ Grade 8 Science EOG: May 24th

❏ Grade 6, 7, and 8 Reading: May 25th

❏ Grade 6, 7, and 8 Math EOG: May 26th

❏ Grade 8 Math I: May 26th

High School EOC’s

❏ NC Math I EOC: May 24th

❏ English II EOC: May 24th

❏ NC Math III EOC: May 25th

❏ Biology EOC: May 26th

Daily Schedule:

9:15-1:30: Testing

1:35-2:00: Middle School Lunch, 2:05-2:35 High School Lunch

2:40-3:10: 3rd block

3:15-3:55: 4th bock

Teachers have already taken care of CTE and ACT testing scheduling with the students.

You really do need to have your student test to the best of their ability, so you and we can determine what they know. We can talk about “Required” and “Expected” all day, but these tests are so important. If a middle school student misses the exam, it is not counted, except that gray area of Math I in grade 8. Math I in grade 8 does count! If a high school student does that, it is a 50, and that 50 becomes 20% of the student’s grade! Breakfast is a great way to start a testing day, and at school, it’s free! If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact your child’s school at 980-343-5500.

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