The 2015-16 school year was the third implementation year of the state’s READY initiative, which includes a new Standard Course of Study in all subjects and grade levels, new student assessments aligned to the revised Standard Course of Study and a new school accountability model.
North Carolina’s standards are focused on the most critical knowledge and skills that students need to learn to be successful at the next grade level and life after high school. Corresponding assessments include more open-ended questions and real-world applications of student learning. In practical terms, this means students are expected to master more relevant material, to solve problems that reflect real-world questions, and to express their ideas clearly and with supporting facts.
Although North Carolina public school students have been taking end-of-grade and end-of-course assessments since the early 1990s, the new assessments are more rigorous and are based on standards that no longer focus only on grade-level proficiency but also on career and college readiness measures designed to help students be successful after
high school graduation.
Click here for the current JCS READY/AMO Summary
For more detailed explanation of the summary report
Additional information may be found on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's website