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

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

• Take time to discuss interesting books you and your child have read.
• Model reading by reading a variety of materials yourself, such as newspapers, magazines, schedules, etc.
• Discuss the purpose of different text types, such as fiction, letters, newspaper articles, journals, etc.
• Share and discuss articles, diagrams, charts, illustrations, and maps with your child.
• Ask your child open-ended questions that cannot be answered with a simple word, a single phrase, or sentence. (Why?How do you know? Explain … Tell me about ... Give me examples.)
• Ensure that your child reads independently each day at a comfortable reading level. (Reading materials should not be too hard or too easy in terms of subject matter and content).

#### 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 6–8 are field test items. The field test items do not count toward or against the student’s score.
• At grades 6 and 7, 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.
• At grade 8, the 80-item test (including field test items) is all Calculator Active. Students are allowed to use calculators for the entire test.
• The minimum (“at least”) calculator requirement for grades 6–8 is any four-function calculator with a square root function, yx, π(pi), and algebraic logic.
• Students at grades 6–8 are given blank paper and graph paper. Rulers, protractors, and formula sheets are not distributed to students.
• 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 6 and 7 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. The estimated time for 95% of students at grade 8 to complete the mathematics test is 150 minutes.

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