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The NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process



Each child is honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

The NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process was developed through solid research and by drawing on the ideas of expert teachers of young children across North Carolina.

Research supports positive interactions between teachers and students, instruction that focuses on all aspects of child development, and multiple approaches to teaching – together forming the foundation of a formative assessment process.

North Carolina teachers told us that they are eager to balance summative and benchmark assessments with a process that 1) gives them a more complete picture of a child’s developing abilities, 2) can be integrated into daily instruction, and 3) is manageable and meaningful.

This combination of research and professional wisdom provides the best opportunity for children to demonstrate what they know and are able to do, and to help each child reach challenging and achievable goals that contribute to his or her ongoing development and learning.

Access the NC K-3 Formative Assessment LiveBinder for Educators

Access the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process LiveBinder for District Teams

Access the Online Platform for the K-3 Formative Assessment Process

Access the NC Department of Public Instruction's Office of Early Learning


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Director: John Pruette
The Office of Early Learning focuses on Pre-K - Grade 3 to support children's success in the early grades. The Office of Early Learning combines the Department's staffs in primary education and prekindergarten and promotes other linkages for reforming early education for North Carolina's children. Through this Office, the Department is partnering with the FirstSchool initiative of the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. FirstSchool is a Pre-K - Grade 3 initiative to promote public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population. FirstSchool unites the best of early childhood, elementary and special education.

The Office of Early Learning values stakeholder input and offers a variety of opportunities for teachers, administrators, families, and community members to be involved. Monitor this wiki for updates and new information regarding the K-3 Assessment. Information will also be sent out via the Office of Early Learning listserv.

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