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Testing and Accountability

Policy TitleTesting and Accountability
Policy CategoryEducation Services for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB)
Policy IDESDB-027
Policy Date2016-06-02
Statutory ReferenceG.S. 115C-12(9)c; G.S. 115C-81(b)(4); G.S. 115C-105.35; NC Constitution Article IX

Formerly GCS-V-027

This rule establishes the testing and accountability policy and procedures for the Education Services for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB) regional schools.

  1.  Testing
    1. State Board of Education (SBE) policy, the North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics, applies to all EDSB school employees who are involved with the state testing program.
    2. ESDB schools must designate one or more persons to serve as the EDSB testing and accountability coordinator who will assist in the administrations, reporting, and interpretation of tests and other accountability measures. 
      1. Coordinators shall attend training sessions provided by the department on the subject of proper test administration and required processing of test materials.
      2. Coordinators shall then conduct similar sessions within the ESDB schools for test administrators and proctors.
      3. Coordinators shall arrange for the scanning, scoring, and reporting of results from tests adopted by the SBE.
    3. ESDB schools shall follow SBE policy regarding protocol and implement assessments at grades K, 1, and 2 that include documented, on-going individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year.

    4. Per SBE policy, ESDB schools shall participate in the statewide testing program adopted by the SBE.
      1. ESDB schools shall assure all eligible students in membership at grades 3–8 and high school participate with or without accommodations in either the standard administration or the alternate assessment of the end-of-grade and/or end-of-course assessments in English language arts/reading, mathematics, and science.
        1. ESDB schools shall follow SBE policy for the use of end-of-course tests for accountability.
        2. ESDB may adopt policies to use results from end-of-grade assessments in grades 3–8 as part of the student’s final grade.
      2. ESDB students at grade 11 shall participate in either the standard administration of the ACT or its alternate assessment.
      3. ESDB students who are identified as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators shall participate in the ACT WorkKeys administration.
      4. ESDB students will participate in any other state required exams for any course offered by the residential schools.
    5. ESDB schools shall require all K–12 students identified as language minority through the Home Language Survey process upon initial enrollment be assessed for limited English language proficiency using the SBE-adopted instrument for identification of English learners (ELs).
      1. All students identified as an EL must be administered the SBE-adopted test of English language proficiency during the annual English language proficiency testing window.
    6. SBE policies regarding rules, guidelines, and procedures governing test administrations shall apply to ESDB regional schools.
  2. Accountability
    1. Per SBE policy GCS-C-021, ESDB regional schools shall participate in the state’s accountability program.
      1. In order for an indicator to be included in the calculation, it must meet the minimum number of students required for reporting.
      2. If an indicator does not have the minimum cell size to protect the privacy of students in reporting aggregate data, it is not reported or included in the total achievement score. Schools are not penalized for not having an indicator; the school performance grade is calculated on the available indicators.
      3. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will mask results to protect the privacy of students in reporting data for small cells in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines and agency standards for public distribution of data.
  3. Teacher Evaluation Process
    1. Effective with the 2016–17 school year, ESDB regional schools shall participate in the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process as outlined in SBE policy.

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