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Testing in North Carolina


North Carolina End-of-Grade tests are administered in reading and math to students in the 3rd through 8th grade, and in science to students in the 5th and 8th grade. For additional information about each assessment, click one of the links below.

Assessment Briefs:



North Carolina End-of-Course tests are administered as the final exams for Biology, English II, NC Math I and NC Math 3 courses in grades 9-12. Some 8th grade students also take NC Math I, and these students take the EOC as their final exam. For additional information about each assessment, click one of the links below.

Assessment Briefs:



Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are provided several opportunities to demonstrate college and career readiness as they prepare to exit high school.

The PreACT
Administered to all 10th grade students in North Carolina, the PreACT provides early practice for the ACT. Since the PreACT is so closely aligned to the ACT, students receive scores that predict future performance on the ACT.

North Carolina administers the ACT to all 11th graders during the March statewide administration. Students and schools receive results on the 4 subtests that make up the Composite Score (English, Math, Reading, and Science) and the Writing subtest.

The ACT WorkKeys
North Carolina administers the ACT WorkKeys assessment to all CTE concentrators who complete a four-course CTE sequence prior to graduation. The ACT WorkKeys assessment is widely recognized as an industry credential.



The State Board of Education defines “mastery” as a student’s command of course material at a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the content standards and the ability to apply his or her knowledge of the material.

“Credit by demonstrated mastery” is the process by which school districts shall, based upon a body-of-evidence, award a student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.

Rowan-Salisbury CDM Application





students stand in circle watching a nature demonstration

5th Grade students at Knollwood Elementary School participated in their first of six Muddy Sneakers days on September 20th and October 6th, 2021.  Our 5th graders really enjoyed their first field trip since 2019.