Thursday , 22 February 2018
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Elimination of Double Testing Coming for 2017-18

On May 4, 2017, the State Board of Education approved revisions to State Board Policy ACCT-021. This revision approves the use of a testing flexibility offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This flexibility allows 8th grade students enrolled in NC Math 1 to take the NC Math 1 EOC as the accountability assessment. Allowing this eliminates the need for these students also to be administered the 8th Grade Math EOG.

However, it also requires these students to take a higher-level math assessment in high school. The revised State Board policy specifies this higher-level math assessment as NC Math 3.

This change is effective for the 2017–18 school year. This does not change assessment rules for students in 2016–17.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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