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Online Testing

Next Generation Assessments: Resources for the Online Transition

To help districts and schools prepare for the next generation assessments and the transition to online, there are a number of resources available.

Best Practices Guide -

The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide to help districts and schools prepare for the transition to online assessments. This guide provides tips and recommendations based on conversations with LEAs and charter schools around the state that have already started this transition and are administering some or all of the current end-of-course tests in the online format.

Quick Reference Guide -

A quick reference guide to the next generation of summative assessments that includes the expected timeline for full implementation of online testing.

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium -

The main website for The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that are aligned to the //Common Core State Standards//and that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

Online Assessment Tutorial -

The assessment tutorial shows you how the online testing system works. You can select a test and then practice moving between and answering questions.

NCTest Information -

Information related to the latest version of the online testing system, NCTest v 2.5. Here you can find the technical requirements for the system, information on registration and administration, the assessment tutorial, and other resources related to administering online assessments.

Additional resources can be found on the online assessment resources page at

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Standards: Common Core & North Carolina Essential Standards

LEARN NC is pleased to announce that its work aligning each of its 1,600 lesson plans to the Common Core and NC Essential Standards is complete and ready to use. Stay tuned as they continue to align the thousands of external lesson plans linked on their website, as well. Additionally, LEARN NC is taking a leadership role in collaboration with its eLearning for Educators partners to design, develop, and deliver innovative online professional development opportunities and resources to help guide teachers through the transition to the new standards. Check out the changes at for Common Core/Essential Standards and for eLearning for Educators. For more offerings from LEARN NC, please visit

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