Nationally Standardized Testing Requirement

Conventional Private Schools

In accordance with G.S. 115C-549, 550 and G.S. 115C-557, 558, each private school must administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator to all students enrolled and regularly attending grades 3, 6, 9, and 11 each year.  The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics in grades 3, 6, and 9, and must measure competencies in the verbal and quantative areas in grade 11.  The test results must be kept on file at the private school for at least one year thereafter, and the test records must be made available at the principal office of the such for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member.


Home Schools

In accordance with G.S. 115C-564, the home school chief administrator is required to administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement to each enrolled student on an annual basis.  The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics.  The chief administrator is responsible for securing and scheduling the nationally standardized test.  The test results must be kept on file at the home school for at least one year thereafter. Failure to retain test results may jeopardize your child's proper grade placement when seeking enrollment in a conventional school.  The test results must also be made available for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member.

Machined-scored assessments are not required nor is there a minimum score requirement on any nationally standardized test for any home school student. North Carolina public school End-of-Grade tests are also not required.

Below are tests home schools and conventional private schools in North Carolina use most often; however, there are many others available to choose:
  • BASI
  • California Achievement Test (CAT)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS); Iowa Assessments Form E
  • PASS Test
  • Stanford Achievement Test
  • Terra Nova Plus
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ IV is the most recent version, but other versions are acceptable)
 

Nationally Standardized Achievement Test Vendors

Listed below are some sources from which you may purchase nationally standardized achievement testing services. 
 
This list is provided solely for your convenience in satisfying the North Carolina General Statutes' testing requirement for non-public school students.  The information below (along with related links from it) does not constitute a recommendation or an endorsement by the Division of any one of these vendors or their other related services over any others not so listed. 
 
Each vendor on this list has been providing standardized test services to the North Carolina non-public school community for more than five years. 
 
Test Vendor
Address
Phone Number
Website/Email
ATC Educational Services
Angie Cutlip
3700 Valley Pine Court
Wendell, NC 27591
 
Beverly Hardister
7740 Orchard Park Circle
Harrisburg, NC 28075
 
Emily Parker
7778 Morgan Creek Rd. SE
Leland, NC 28451
(919) 374-0282
(Wendell location)
 
(704) 454-3140
(Charlotte location)
 
(910) 367-2003
(Wilmington location)
Academic Success Testing Service
1130 Ashleybrook Plaza Ln.
Winston Salem, NC 27103
(336) 239-5529
Bayside School Services
PO Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(800) 723-3057
(252) 441-5351
Bindrim Testing & Educational Services
1063 Carriage Trail 
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 451-0118
Bob Jones University Press
BJU Press Customer Service
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614-0062
(800)845-5731
or
(864)770-1317
(for questions)
M-F 8am-5pm EDT
Brewer Testing Services
2853 Davis Road
East Bend, NC 27018
(336) 699-3997
Test Questions: Pat@brewertesting.com
Order/Grading Status Questions:
Covenant Education Services
1213 Queen Anne Road
Wilson, NC 27896
(252) 281-4788
Crosspointe Educational Services
PO Box 10
Willow Spring, NC 27592
 
1421 East Broad Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
(919) 341-1552
(888) 713-1249
ED-CORE Educational Services
2610 New Walkertown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 723-3100
Foundations Educational Services LLC
2101 Piney Grove Wilbon Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540
(919) 758-0811
Teaching Achieving Students Inc.
10237 Garrett Grigg Road
Charlotte, NC 282621
(704) 453-9534
Hewitt Educational Resources
2103 Main Street
Washougal, WA 98671
(360) 835-8708
(800) 348-1750
Homeschool Testing Services,
a service of Classical Conversations, Inc.
255 Grant St.
West End, NC 27376
(910) 673-0100 x1
Lighthouse Educational Services
1509 Beckworth Court
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 302-5786
Piedmont Education Services
1629 Turfwood Drive
Pfafftown, NC 27040
(336) 924-2494
Smoky Mountain Academic Resources
and Training (S.M.A.R.T.)
Asheville,
Western NC (WNC)
WIlmington
Glenna Toney
2124 Hendersonville Rd.
Suite 100 Arden, NC
 
Cindy Hyde
Saluda, NC
 
Margie Butts
2014 Hawthorne Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Asheville/WNC location
(828) 775-7949
 
 
 
Asheville/WNC location
(828) 329-9921
 
Wilmington location
(910) 262-2766
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Southeast Educational Associates
PO Box MM
Saltville, VA 24370

(276) 496-7777

www.aopse.com

TestPoint
High Ground Solutions
2100 River Haven Dr., Ste 210
Birmingham, AL 35244
(888) 988-5884
Thurber's Educational Assessments
400 Clayton Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 967-5282
Triangle Education Assessments, LLC
5512 Merion Station Drive
Apex, NC 27539
(919) 387-7004
1-877-843-8837