Monday, May 9, 2016

Preparing Your Child for the EOG - Information from Parent Academy

Preparing Your Child for The End of Grade( EOG) test

What is the EOG?

• The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

• Administered at the end of the school year.: Not all problems are multiple choice

• 3 different subjects- Math, Reading, Science

– All grades from 3rd -8th take the Math and Reading EOG.

– Grades 5 and 8 take the Science EOG.

The Basics- Reading

Multiple Choice Questions with 4 answer choices

How Long:

50 minutes: the estimated time
240 minutes: the maximum time allowed without the extended time accommodation

Content of test 
Reading comprehension: Literature & informational Text
Knowledge of vocabulary : application and understanding of terms within the context

Reading Provides students with selections to read and questions to answer related to those sections Reading sample:

The Basics- Math

Tests consist of :
Calculator Inactive and Calculator Active Subject

Grades 3 and 4 : multiple-choice
Grade 5 : multiple-choice and gridded-response items

gridded-response items : Questions require you to write your answers in the boxes provided on your answer sheet. Write only one number or symbol in each box and fill in the circle in each column that matches what you have printed. Fill in only one circle in each column

How long?:
180 minutes: the estimated time
240 minutes :the maximum time allowed without the extended time accommodation

Content Subject

Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Number and Operations—Fractions
Measurement and Data

Math sample:

Grade 5 EOG Science Test Multiple Choice Test
How Long:
150 minutes: the estimated time
240 minutes: the maximum time allowed


Forces and Motion

Matter: Properties and Change
Energy: Conservation and Transfer
Earth Systems, Structures and Processes
Earth History
Structures and Functions of Living Organisms;
Evolution and Genetics
Molecular Biology

Science Sample:

How is it scored?
Three Different Presentations of Scores
1. Developmental Scale Scores.

– The number of questions that your child answered correctly is called a raw score.

– For the end-of-grade tests, the raw score is converted to a developmental scale score.

– The developmental scale score allows for the comparison of your child’s end-of-grade scores by subject from one grade to the next.

– The developmental scale score is like a ruler that measures growth in reading and mathematics from year to year. Just like height in inches, your child’s scores in reading and mathematics are expected to go up each year.

2. Percentiles.

– The percentile allows you to compare your child’s performance on the test this year to all North Carolina students who took the test in the norming year.

– The “norming year” for a test is the first year the test was administered (for this test it was 2013).

– The percentile tells you that your child performed at a level equal to or better than the stated percentage of students who took the test during the norming year.

– The higher the percentile, the better a student performed compared to other students in his or her grade.

3. Achievement levels are performance standards that allow your child’s performance to be compared to grade level expectations.

Achievement Levels

The addition of the new Achievement Level 3 will identify students who are prepared for the next grade, but do not meet the college-and-career readiness standard. An additional level will also enable more accurate identification of students who need additional instruction and assistance. Achievement levels are predetermined performance standards that allow your child’s performance to be compared to grade level expectations.

What does it mean. .not being Proficient Level I:

Students performing at this level do NOT have sufficient mastery of knowledge and skills in the subject area to be successful at the next grade level.

Level II:

Students performing at this level demonstrate inconsistent mastery of knowledge and skills in the subject area and are minimally prepared to be successful at the next grade level.

Academic Preparation during the School Year

Encourage your child to make a commitment to do well in school and set goals.
Review homework.
Work with your child on his or her homework.
Communicate with your child’s teacher(s).
Discuss your child’s academic performance.
Encourage your child to ask questions about things he or she doesn’t understand (long before test day)
Review strategies for solving math problems. Pose a problem and see how many different ways your child can solve it. This encourages higher order thinking skills.
Help your child become fluent with their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
Practice using calculator appropriately to solve math problems.
The calculator is only helpful if it is used correctly.
Allow your child to build reading stamina.

The reading portion of the EOG requires focus and stamina, as there are many passages and question to get through.

Set aside a time each night for your child to read.
If a child has a hard time sitting down to read for ten minutes, encourage her/him to read for longer periods of time.
Ask your child questions about what they are reading.
Try to get them to explain the plot and describe characters’ actions.
Be aware of the testing schedule and make sure that your child is at school on time on testing days.
Remind your child of the strategies that his/her classroom teachers have taught with reading passages
such as underlying text, circling words, reading the questions first then the passages.
Encourage your child to listen to and follow all directions given by the test administrator.
If they have questions, they need to be addressed before testing begins.

High stakes testing can be taxing, but with positive reinforcement children will be inspired to do their best!

Reduce anxiety by reminding your CHILD TO DO HIS or HER BEST & Avoid frequent reminders about expected performance

What to expect on test day
Days of testing:
– One day of reading
– Two days of math (calculator active and inactive)* It may varies by schools.
– One day of Science in grade 5th
• Testing occurs in the morning soon after the school day starts.
• Your child’s teacher and proctor will be in the room.
• Students are not allowed talk, get out of their seat, or ask questions specific to the test
• If disruption occurs, students must take the test over again.

Ask your child’s teacher about what to expect the day of testing. It may vary a little at some schools.

Test Taking Strategies
• Read all directions carefully
• Skim selections to attempt at identifying the main idea
• Skim questions so that you know what to look for when reading the passage
• Use the process of elimination on multiple choice questions 
• If you are stuck on a question, move on and return to it later
• Take time to answer all questions. A blank response is the same as an incorrect response


NC Best of the web from NC DPI (make sure to type on the search bar Reading, Math, Science or other subjects)



Scholastic PBS Kids

Understanding End-of-Grade Test Results Parent Report: https://youtu .be/-TUSakZnAuI

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