Testing & Accountability
READY Accountability Model
What is READY?
READY is the name of the accountability initiative formerly known as the ABC's. The READY program sets growth and performance standards for each elementary, middle, and high school in the state.
- How Does READY Support Teaching and Learning?
- What Information Does READY Provide?
- Understanding EOG/EOC Assessments
- The percentage of students who scored at achievement levels 1-5. Level 3 is considered proficient and levels 4-5 are considered college and career ready.
- Growth level. The rate at which students learned over the past year. Schools can meet growth goals, not meet growth goals, or exceed growth goals.
- Performance on other high school indicators. The ACT, ACT WorkKeys, 4-year and 5-year graduation rates, and successful completion of high-level math courses.
In October 2013, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) adopted new college and career readiness Academic Achievement Standards and Academic Achievement Descriptors for the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests and their alternate assessments. These standards and descriptors allow you to compare your child's performance to grade/course level expectations.
Previously, achievement levels were based on Levels 1–4. The new standards include Levels 1–5. The following chart denotes the Achievement Level/Proficiency Standards.
|Achievement Level||Grade Level Proficiency Standard||College & Career Readiness Standard|
|Level 5: Superior Command of Concepts||Meets||Meets|
|Level 4: Solid Command of Concepts||Meets||Meets|
|Level 3: Sufficient Command of Concepts||Meets||Does Not Meet|
|Level 2: Partial Command of Concepts||Does Not Meet||Does Not Meet|
|Level 1: Limited Command of Concepts||Does Not Meet||Does Not Meet|
The new Achievement Level 3 identifies students who are prepared for the next grade but do not meet the college and career readiness standard. Students at this level have a sufficient command of the grade level knowledge and skills, but they may need academic support to engage successfully in this content area in the next grade level. They are prepared for the next grade level but will need additional academic support in order to be on track for meeting the college and career readiness standard.
The five academic achievement levels are effective with the 2013 – 2014 school year for all EOG and EOC tests and their alternates.
END-OF-GRADE AND END-OF-COURSE TESTS INCLUDE:
- End-of-Grade for English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics, Grades 3–8
- End-of-Grade for Science, Grades 5 and 8
- End-of-Course, Math I
- End-of-Course, English II
- End-of-Course, Biology