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- Adopted by the State Board of Education
- Implemented in North Carolina Schools
Timeline for implementation and testing
The State Board of Education has approved this timeline for the implementation and testing of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for science. (A copy of this document is also available in PDF format.)
|Curriculum||K–8||Presented new curriculum to State Board of Education||transition year||implementation year||monitoring|
|9–12||Presented new curriculum to State Board of Education||continue using 1999 curriculum||continue using 1999 curriculum||implementation year|
|Textbooks||textbook call (spring 2004)
textbook review (summer 2004)
|textbook selection by schools||new textbooks in schools|
(grades 5, 8)
|item writing and editing||item tryouts1||field test2||pilot test||testing operational|
||current EOC operational, aligned with 1999 curriculum item writing and editing||current EOC operational, aligned with 1999 curriculum item writing and editing||statewide field testing of new EOC for Chemistry, Physical Science and Physics sample field testing for Biology current EOC operational for Biology, aligned with 1999 curriculum||new EOC operational|
1 Item tryouts will be treated as field tests to comply with state statutes regarding field testing in schools. Tryouts
- are item-based.
- do not cover all objectives. Covers only those objectives that are testable and are common to both old and new curricula.
- allow for trying out of new test for mats and new item types and formats, such as passage-based items, graphs and charts.
- do not result in robust or generalizable statistical information that can be used to equate tests (item calibration).
- will be used with approximately 1,000 students per item.
2 Field tests
- are form-based.
- cover all objectives and look just like the "real" test.
- have final item and form calibration (information used for equating).
- get reliability and validity information for the entire curriculum.
- will be used with approximately 1,500 students per form.