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# North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests for Grades 3-8 (page 2)

State: North Carolina Public Schools
Updated on Dec 19, 2011

#### Key Features of the Mathematics Test

• The mathematics test assesses student achievement in the five strands of the mathematics curriculum: (1) Number and
• Operations, (2) Measurement, (3) Geometry, (4) Data Analysis and Probability, and (5) Algebra.
• Some of the mathematics items at grades 3–5 are field test items. The field test items do not count toward or against the student’s score.
• The 82-item test (including field test items) is administered in two parts: Calculator Active (54 questions) and Calculator Inactive (28 questions).
• Students are allowed to use calculators during the Calculator Active part (66%) of the test. Students are not allowed to use calculators during the Calculator Inactive part (34%) of the test.
• The minimum (“at least”) calculator requirement for grades 3–5 is a four-function calculator with
• memory key.
• For both parts of the mathematics test, students at grades 3, 4, and 5 are given blank paper and graph
• paper. Rulers and protractors are not distributed to students.
• The mathematics tests may be administered on one school day or two consecutive days.
• The mathematics tests are not timed. Students are to be allowed ample opportunity to complete the tests. As long as students are engaged and working, they must be allowed time to complete the mathematics test. The estimated time for 95% of students at grades 3, 4, and 5 to complete the mathematics calculator active test is 135 minutes. The estimated time for students to complete the mathematics calculator inactive test is 60 minutes.

#### How Can I Help My Child with Mathematics?

• “Do math” with your child at home as problem-solving partners. Use word problems. Have your child explain how he or she is solving the problems.
• Make a list of all the ways your family uses mathematics at home:
• Newspapers and weather reports include charts, graphs, data, and statistics.
• Sporting events provide data and statistics.
• The grocery store affords an opportunity for practicing measurement and estimation.
• Recipes can be modified.
• The changing seasons give an opportunity to examine temperature.
• Road trips encourage map reading and distance, time, and gasoline mileage problems.
• By “doing math” together, you will demonstrate that learning mathematics is fun.

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