North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

K-2 Formative Instructional and Assessment Tasks for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

In response to North Carolina legislative and State Board requirements, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides Local Education Agencies with state-developed assessments to be implemented for Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. These assessments include documented, on-going individualized assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. Local Education Agencies may use these assessment instruments as presented, adaptations of them, or adopt unique assessments.

On this site you will find tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics that are designed to be used in a formative manner to guide instruction. Take a moment to review the Assessment Manual to learn more about how to use these assessments in your classroom and in your LEA.

Please know that this is a dynamic site- the tasks presented here will continually be evolving as we move forward with implementing the new Common Core State Standards. As you use these tasks with your students, add to and adapt the materials in order to make them useful for your particular situation. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction appreciates any suggestions and feedback, which will help improve upon this resource. Please send all correspondence to Kitty Rutherford ( and Barbara Bissell (,
This site has been created and is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Public (NCDPI) Elementary Mathematics Consultants and their public school partners.

NOTE: A mid-year benchmark assessment for K-2 will be sent directly to district leaders in the Fall. A year-end summative assessment will be sent in early 2013 . As in years past, districts may adjust the mid-year assessment to align with the district's pacing guide or adopt unique assessments.

Additional NCDPI Common Core resources can be found on the Mathematics wiki.

K-2 Assessment Instructional Videos- NEW!

  • Introduction to K-2 Formative Assessment Tasks
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  • Overview of Assessment Task Format
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  • Selecting Tasks- Coming Soon

  • Assessing Students- Coming Soon

  • Interpreting Data and Making Inferences- Coming Soon