Last school year, North Carolina operated a proof of concept study to try a new assessment process for elementary and middle school students. This proof of concept – now called NC Check-Ins – relies on three shorter, interim check-in assessments plus an end-of-grade assessment to gauge student learning and progress.
Teachers say they appreciate the Check-Ins because they provides them with more immediate and usable feedback about their students throughout the year. This allows teachers to adjust instruction to improve student learning.
This year, the NC Check-Ins continue with a larger number of districts and schools. In grade 5 mathematics, 79 districts, 169 schools and 15,023 students are participating. In grade 6 English language arts/reading, 73 districts, 111 schools and 15,915 students are participating. Also, 18 additional districts and three charter schools have volunteered to be in the program alongside those selected to provide a sample for evaluating this new approach. For students and teachers, the NC Check-Ins can mean fewer assessments since districts no longer need to provide local benchmarking tests.
Newton-Conover is not piloting NC Check-Ins at this time. However, it will be interesting to closely follow the study and what it means for the future of testing in our state.
(Article reposted from the NCDPI publication – From the Board Room – September 2016 edition)