RCS Testing Newsletter
A Word From Your Testing Department. . .
During this school year, your child will take a variety of tests. If you need more information, your child's teacher and principal can also help you to understand standardized tests. Standardized tests provide a common measure of student performance. A standardized test contains the same set of questions and is given under the same conditions to different groups of people. The answers are scored in the same manner. These tests are designed by commercial publishers or state committees and use state curriculum as their foundation.
Below are descriptions of some of the common assessments we administer at RCS.
K - 2 Assessments
Throughout the year, students in Grades K - 2 are assessed in English Language Arts and Math to monitor progress and to assist teachers in making instructional decisions.
Check In's 2.0
The purpose of the Check In's 2.0 formative assessment is to familiarize students and teachers with the process and format of the EOG and EOC tests. The practice tests will inform teachers of the skills mastered and those that would require re-teaching and/or remediation.
3rd Grade Assessments
Beginning of 3rd Grade (BOG 3) AssessmentThis assessment of reading for all Grade 3 students is used to identify students in need of assistance in reading.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
The Cognitive Abilities test measures both general and specific reasoning abilities. The development of these abilities is influenced by the student's in-school and out-of-school experiences.
Read to Achieve
This assessment of reading is administered to students in Grade 3 who do not achieve a proficient score on the Grade 3 ELA End of Grade test.
End of Grade (EOG) Assessments
High School Assessments
End of Course (EOC) Tests
At the end each semester, students in Math 1, Math 3, Biology & English II take a state assessment. These tests are based on NC Curriculum Standards. EOC scores count as part of the student's final course grade.
Grade 10 Pre-ACT: The PreACT is a multiple choice exam that familiarizes students with the ACT which features questions in 4 areas: English, Math, Reading & Science.
Grade 11 ACT: The ACT measures general educational development in core subjects that students typically study through 11th grade (English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science) & student ability to complete college-level work.
Grade 12 Concentrators ACT Work Keys: The WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate measures & certifies essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries & occupations. The NCRC is an assessment-based credential issued at 4 levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, & Bronze.
WIDA for English Learners
- Communicate regularly with your child's teacher.
- Ask what they suggest you do at home to help your child strengthen academic skills.
- Make sure your child does all of his/her homework & assignments which will help ensure your child is prepared.
- Mark down test dates on your calendar so both you and your child are aware of important dates.
- Encourage your child to do well, but don't pressure him/her. It is important for the child to stay relaxed during the test.
- Keep a positive attitude with your child about the tests.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep, especially on the night before the test.
- Ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast on test days.
- Make sure your child gets to school on time.