Q: Where is the grant team located?
A: The grant team is currently located in Oakhurst Administrative Center, 4511 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205.
Q: What kind of support does the grant team provide?
A: The grant team provides technical assistance to any district employee seeking to secure grant funding for a CMS project. Our team focuses on building capacity to write grant proposals among school and central office staff. The grant team seeks potential funders and helps to facilitate partnerships with outside agencies and organizations.
Q: What are my first steps in applying for grant funding?
A: The first step in applying for grant funding is to call our office for assistance at (980) 343-6229 and we can assist you with CMS grant process.
Q: I am a teacher with a great idea. How do I find out about grant opportunities?
A: Each school has one representative designated as the school-based grant contact. The grant team provides each school-based grant contact with a grant resource notebook and periodic grant alerts with updoming grant opportunities are emailed to that person and all employees via CMS DirectLine. Any teacher can call our office for assistance.
Q: I have a large grant proposal. What are the CMS policy and procedures?
A: The CMS policy states that any grant over $15,000 must have Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education approval prior to submission to the funding agency. The grant team provides assistance with this process, so please contact our office at (980) 343-6229 for assistance.
Q: Does the grant team approve all the grants?
A: The grant team does not approve all the grants. Our team helps to facilitate the grant approval process by obtaining the signatures necessary to submit the proposal to the funding agency.
Q: Does the grant team provide professional development scholarships?
A: The grant team does not provide information about professional development scholarships including funding to pursue higher education. Please refer to the CMS Organizational Training and Development Office at (980) 343-6600.
Center for Research & Evaluation
Q: I am interested in conducting research in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, what do I need to do?
A: Please refer to the Outside Research portion of the Center for Research & Evaluation website
Q: I submitted an application to conduct research in CMS. How can I find out the status of request?
A: Contact the Center for Research & Evaluation’s Outside Research Coordinator, Dr. Lynne LaCaria, 980-343-1602.
Q: I am looking for Teacher, Family, or Student survey results. Where can I find them?
A: Please refer to the Surveys portion of the Center for Research & Evaluation website
Q: I am interested in forming a collaboration or partnership with CMS to conduct research. Is there any information you can provide?
A: Please refer to the Research Partnerships portion of the Center for Research & Evaluation website
State & Federal Programs
Q: What are EOGs and who takes them?
A: EOGs are End-of-Grade tests. Students in grades 3-8 take the reading and mathematics EOGs. Students in grades 5 and 8 take the science EOG.
Q: What are EOCs and who takes them?
A: EOCs are End-of-Course tests. Students enrolled in the following courses take EOCs: Algebra I, Biology and English I.
Q: Do all schools take Field tests?
A: No, all schools do not take the field tests. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction designates which schools take the field tests.
Q: What tests are included in the Field test?
A: It varies from year to year. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) determines with tests are field tested each year.
Q: Can students fail field test and if so what happens?
A: Results from the field tests are never reported so a student neither passes nor fails a field test.
Q: What other tests are given by this department?
A: Please refer to the State Testing website.
Q: Which tests are given by the State?
A: Please refer to the North Carolina State Assessments section of the State Testing Team website.
Q: If a student fails the state test, when can he/she retest?
A: All students not scoring a level 3 or 4 are retested as soon as possible within the applicable testing window.
Q: If a student fails a portion of the EOG test what are their options?
A: Students not scoring a level 3 or 4 on a section of the EOG are retested on that particular section as soon as possible within the applicable testing window.
Q: How does a student go about enrolling in Summer School? Who do they contact?
A: Contact the Extended Year Program @ 980-343-6288.
Q: What tests are given at the end of Summer School?
A: It varies from year to year.
Q: What are the testing dates for Summer School?
A: Contact the Extended Year Program @980-343-6288.
Q: Do all students that fail a test attend summer school?
A: It depends. Contact the Extended Year Program @980-343-6288.
Q: Can a student take a retest without attending summer school?
A: Students may only take a retest during the applicable window and may not take an original test during one window and a retest during a different window.
Q: How can I obtain my child’s test results?
A: Contact your child’s school and ask for the Testing Coordinator or School Counselor
Q: Are the testing calendars for the School Year available to the public? If so, where can they locate them and who creates them?
A: Testing calendars are only provided on an intranet site to schools. Contact your child's school and ask for the Testing Coordinator for particular testing dates/windows.
Q: If a student took the original test and failed, took the retest and passed, but the parents received a report card saying that the student failed, who should the parent contact if they cannot get a hold of the principal and the test coordinator is no longer there?
A: Contact your child's school and ask for the current Testing coordinator or School counselor. They should be able to provide the necessary information or corrections.
Q: How do I read the parent reports? Is there a pamphlet explaining how to read the parent reports?
- A: There is an explanation of the student test report available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/policies/uisrs
Q: Where do we find regulations on testing students who are just coming into the country and speak other languages?
A: There is information pertaining to testing students with language proficiency available at:
Q: What are summative assessments?
A: Summative assessments are made here in the district with the help of teachers and other district staff. These tests help teachers identify what students have learned.
Q: Are summative assessments the same as End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of Course (EOC) tests?
A: No. EOGs and EOCs are state-mandated tests which students take at the end of the school year. Summative assessments are given to students at the end of the school year in subjects not tested by the NCDPI.
Q: In what subjects are summative assessments given?
A: Currently students in Kindergarten through grade twelve are tested in subjects/courses not tested by the NCDPI.
Q: Are there any summative alternate assessments?
A: Yes. There are both NCEXTEND2 and NCEXTEND1 versions of the regular assessment provided for qualified students.
Q: What National Tests are given by the district?
A: AP Exams, PSAT, IB Exams, SAT, and NAEP tests are given by the district. The district pays the fees for PSAT Exams. For more information about these national tests see the “National Assessments” section.
Q: Who prints the report cards for the schools and where are they printed?
A: Technology Student Applications Department. Contact Jay Parker @ 980-343-2628