Sampson County Schools will offer conclusion tests during the summer school days.
During a recent work session, the upcoming procedures were presented by Col. Tommy Macon, assistant superintendent for academic and students services.
School superintendents across the state requested the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to allow summer schools to administer end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) assessments. In addition, school leaders asked NCDPI to admit the students’ top score to be included the results for the 2014-2015 accountability year.
The NCDPI granted permission to the districts making the request and provided the same opportunity to other school systems. During the meeting, it was also noted that decision is not a state requirement or a chance for retesting.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, school districts and charter schools must have an accountable summer school program that meets criteria and does not exclude any group, such as students with disabilities or those identified as limited English proficient. Some of the requirements for offering the summer tests, includes having eight instructional days prior to testing and only testing students who scored below Achievement Level 3.
“We have the opportunity to help students who did not make a level three or higher,” Macon said regarding testing.
Summer EOG testing is only for third-grade mathematics, grades 4 through 8 English Language Arts/reading and math. For fifth and eighth grade, it’s science. When it comes to testing and slots at the high school level, priority will begin with seniors, then juniors and the remaining grade levels.
A memo regarding the process was submitted by Rebecca Garland, deputy state superintendent, and Tammy Howard, director of the Accountability Services Division. It was presented by Macon during Monday night’s meeting.
“We discussed it with the principals and they all agreed that we should go forward with this opportunity,” Macon said.
Read to Achieve reading camps are designed for students who are not proficient in reading by the end of the third grade. The camps have protocols and program requirements that must be followed, according to the law. Read to Achieve camps will not be impacted by the allowances.
Macon said the dates are set for June 15 through June 26 at various schools throughout Sampson County.