Welcome, North Carolina educators!

North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) selected mCLASS DIBELS ® 8th Edition as the state’s K-3 Literacy Assessment. mCLASS is an integrated literacy system based on the Science of Reading. mCLASS has been revised and upgraded from the assessment NC districts have used in the past, based on the latest research and the Science of Reading. It is a valid and reliable assessment, supporting universal literacy screening, screening for risk of dyslexia, and progress monitoring.

What’s new?

  • Register now for new MOY professional learning sessions for teachers and district and charter leaders.
  • New episodes of Amplify’s Science of Reading: The Podcast are now available!

About mCLASS in NC

DPI is committed to providing equitable, inclusive literacy instruction for all by:

  • Aligning core curriculum, instruction, and assessments with Science of Reading.
  • Providing appropriate literacy interventions to address difficulty with reading development.
  • Implementing practices based on the Science of Reading in every classroom every day.
  • Providing aligned resources to parents, guardians and family members.

mCLASS is built on decades of research at the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon, a national center for early childhood assessment and instruction. The measures are already in use in many districts in North Carolina. With the additional mCLASS suite including reporting, grouping, lessons and caregiver support, DPI’s early literacy goals for North Carolina students will be met.

North Carolina mCLASS DIBELS 8 Requirements:
DIBELS 8th Edition fulfills legislative requirements for K-3 students with sub test measures for:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

For the above reasons, the state will begin using DIBELS 8 data for EVAAS purposes effective 2021-22 from BOY-EOY for all K-2 teachers. Third grade will continue to use BOG-EOG for EVAAS.

DIBELS measures at each grade level 
Measure Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Letter naming fluency
Phonemic segmentation fluency
Nonsense word fluency
Word reading fluency
Oral reading fluency
Maze (basic comprehension)
Required additional measures at each grade level below 
Oral language
Vocabulary

Gating Rules in NC

Kindergarten teachers can follow the adaptive gating rules and discontinue assessment if the student receives a score of a 0 on the gating measure at BOY and MOY. Teachers for first, second and third grade must ignore the gating rules and administer all DIBELS measures at all times of year. Vocabulary and Oral Language are required mCLASS measures for all students in kindergarten through third grade at all time periods.

Invalidations
Rolling out MOY 21-22 we will have a new invalidation procedure in place:

  1. Teacher requests approval for an invalidation from a school-level administrator and provides a valid reason for requesting the invalidation.
  2. School-level administrator reaches out to the district Read to Achieve (RtA) contact to approve the invalidation/
  3. District RtA contact approves the request and notifies the school-level administrator who notifies the teacher.
  4. Teacher invalidates assessment.

Please note: districts can determine if an additional documentation process is needed at the local level.

Professional Learning

  • Teachers, register now!

  • Leaders, register now!

  • Online courses

  • Additional Professional Development

Reading Camp

As defined by the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021, “Reading camp” means an additional educational program outside of the instructional calendar provided by the local school administrative unit as a literacy intervention that shall be offered to:
(i) any third grade student who does not demonstrate reading proficiency and
(ii) any second grade student who demonstrates difficulty with reading development. Local school administrative units may offer a reading camp as a literacy intervention to any first grade student who demonstrates difficulty with reading development.

This NC Reading Camp Guiding Document outlines best practices for planning, implementing, and evaluating an effective reading camp program.

If you were unable to join our webinar on June 9, 2022, here is a link to the recording and a copy of the deck.

Enrollment resources

Each night, DPI extracts rostering files from PowerSchool and sends them to Amplify. Changes in PowerSchool are captured in mCLASS the next day. As a reminder, no manual changes can take place in mCLASS.

  • Staff enrollment:

  • Student enrollment:

mCLASS reporting

mCLASS gives you instant results and clear next steps for each student. Quick and actionable reports provide detailed insight into students’ reading development across foundational literacy skills for teachers, specialists, administrators, and caregivers.

View the mCLASS Reporting Guide to learn more.

Additional resources around mCLASS reporting can be found under the Training tile on mCLASS home (mCLASS Reporting icon upon login to NCEdCloud).

Remote assessment

We at Amplify and the team at the University of Oregon are here to provide continued guidance and support around collecting and using DIBELS® 8th Edition data.

This guide offers recommendations for benchmark assessment with DIBELS as well as tips for interpreting benchmark data during our unpredictable school disruptions.

North Carolina remote assessment guidance

Service Hub

Amplify Service Hub Now Live:
The Service Hub is an online portal which allows district- and school-level administrators to create support tickets, check on ticket status, and view reports related to support cases. Educators who have an RtA Admin role have access to the Service Hub. You can access the Service Hub here. Log in with the SSO Login icon and search for North Carolina Public Schools. Your NCEdCloud credentials will enable you to access the Service Hub.

Learn about navigating, viewing insights, and more in the

Amplify Service Hub Overview.

Spanish in NC

Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, various North Carolina schools are taking part in the Amplify Spanish Research and Development (R&D) Study. View the list of schools and their level of participation here.

Amplify is pleased to announce the following updates for Spanish R&D:

  • Beginning of year (BOY) reporting has been released on a limited basis. Teachers will be able to access class level reports and probe level detail for BOY data.
  • The Instructional Activities are populated by activity type and grade level. Enhancements to these activities will continue through the end of the year.
  • MAZE testing will be available online and in a paper pencil version with scoring inputs on the mCLASS platform.
  • Middle and end of year assessment materials have been added to the online course, as well as a recorded webinar and slide deck capturing the released reporting features.

For a preview of these updates please visit our new Online Support section for this assessment.

Science of Reading resources

To continue your own professional learning around the Science of Reading, subscribe and join with your colleagues.

Science of Reading: The Podcast delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Further your professional development with each episode by subscribing and downloading them now.

Science of Reading: The Community is built for those committed to fostering conversation around the Science of Reading and implementing best practices in the classroom (including the virtual classroom).

What does classroom instruction look like when it is based on Science of Reading practices? We’ve outlined a Science of Reading action plan to guide your evaluation in our new FREE ebook, Science of Reading: Making the shift.

Caregiver supports

The mCLASS Home Connect website houses literacy resources for parents and caregivers, including at-home lessons organized by skill to help students at home during remote learning. Our mCLASS parent/caregiver letters in English and Spanish ensure that families know how to best support their child.

FAQs

Interested in learning more?

Amplify and NC DPI are collaborating on this FAQ. Please continue to check back, as we are updating this based on questions we receive about mCLASS and the current NC implementation.

FAQ Link

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