The North Carolina End-of-Grade tests measure student performance on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study's grade-level specific competencies, goals and objectives. North Carolina administers end-of-grade tests in mathematics and reading comprehension in third through eighth grades. Students in the fifth and eighth grades take an end-of-grade test in science. Students in fourth, seventh and 10th grades also take a writing assessment.
To receive a diploma, students must also pass the North Carolina Test of Computer Skills. Students who do not score at the proficient level or above on the eighth grade end-of-grade tests are required to take the North Carolina competency test in grade nine.
In addition to end-of-grade tests, the state of North Carolina requires certain end-of-course tests. These tests are designed to estimate how well a student has mastered the content in a specific subject and to determine how well a student knows the subject-related concepts outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. End-of-course tests are given in math I, English II and biology.
On each test, with the exception of the North Carolina Competency and Computer Skills tests, students receive a score of level one, two, three or four. Level one is the lowest score, while level four is the highest. If a student scores at a level three or higher, the state considers him proficient in the tested material.