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North Carolina Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for EOG and EOC Testing

North Carolina Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for EOG and EOC Testing

It’s hard to believe that the North Carolina READY End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments are just a few months away! Between making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted reinforcement students need, spring state testing can quickly begin to feel overwhelming. We’re hoping to help lighten the load (even if only a little bit) by curating all the best testing resources we could get our hands on.

Testing Materials from the NC Department of Public Instruction

When it comes to testing, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is obviously the authority. And, the NC DPI has a great collection of free resources for educators! We’ve done the legwork of combing through the NC DPI library to find the best materials. For the latest on EOGs and EOCs, check out these pages: 

EOG Resources
Spend some time with the test specifications to dig into which concepts and question formats will be used on any given exam. Achievement Level Descriptors also offer insight into what a Level 5 demonstration of comprehensive understanding looks like. Check back for released forms and sample answers, as they're promised later this year.

EOC Resources
Check out test specifications, achievement level descriptors, and a variety of released forms and sample answer sheets to ensure you can adequately prepare your students prior to test day.

North Carolina Test-Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

There is something unique about testing of any kind that requires students to recall information they’ve previously learned and apply it to answer the question at hand. If your students don’t have experience with this—whether it’s through low-stakes formative assessment or high-stakes summative tests—they may struggle on test day.

Fortunately, with sustained and regular practice, your students will become familiar with retrieving information and similarly be able to show you what they know by way of assessment so that you can adjust instruction up until test day. Check out the following resources to get started.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program 
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) content standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice
The Edmentum research team partnered with Marzano Research to conduct a peer review of a research study that Edmentum conducted for the classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and the work helped uncover four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

It’s safe to say that testing means something a little different to everybody. For teachers and administrators, testing procedures and academic understanding come first. For parents and students, trying to calm those testing nerves might be priority number one. In any case, we’ve organized testing tips and tricks for the many different groups who have testing on the brain.

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores
Helping students achieve assessment success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores
Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for state assessments. But, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful state testing—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress
State testing inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for low(er) stress state testing.

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests
Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the test-preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

Ready to take your EOG and EOC preparation program to the next level? Check out Study Island, Edmentum’s online solution for classroom practice and assessment, and our extensive library of programs designed exclusively for North Carolina educators and students. You can even start your FREE trial of Study Island today!

This blog post was originally published on February 19, 2019.

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Madison Michell

Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.