image001.pngThe NC K-3 Formative Assessment Process

Background and Resources

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

In response to legislation passed by NC General Assembly, and to meet requirements of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, NCDPI’s Office of Early Learning is designing a developmentally appropriate, individualized assessment for K-3 children.

This assessment will be formative in nature and aligned with both North Carolina’s Early Learning and Development Standards and the Standard Course of Study. It will build on the best assessments currently being used in the early grades while broadening areas assessed to incorporate the five domains of development and learning included in North Carolina’s definition of school readiness. The K-3 Assessment will provide teachers a more complete picture of the whole child and provide data to inform daily instructional practices and help meet the needs of every child.


Director: John Pruette
The Office of Early Learning is a new office that 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 will offer 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.

Join the Office of Early Learning Listserv
This listserv provides educators, administrators, curriculum support personnel and families current and relevant information regarding topics related to Birth through Third Grade. It will offer members opportunities to:
  • Stay current with the latest news and initiatives at DPI
  • Learn about upcoming professional development opportunities
  • Discover new and pertinent resources
How to Join
  1. Send an email to the Office of Early Learning PreK-Grade 3 Listserv by cutting and pasting the following address into your "To" box within your email application:
  2. Leave the subject line and the body of the message blank.
  3. Once you have successfully subscribed, you will receive a confirmation email.