Topic outline

  • Overview


    The Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS) provides access to secure state test materials to non-public schools through the Non-Public Schools Testing Program (NPSTS). This program is sanctioned by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is operated on a cost recovery basis.

    SPRING 2024 TRAINING WILL BE 4/23/24

    All EOG and EOC tests must be administered online.  The only exceptions to the online testing requirement are for individual students with disabilities who have documented accommodations that dictate a paper test format is necessary for accessibility purposes.  Separate training from the NCDPI and the NPSTS is required for paper test administrations.

    Contact Information

    Brian Swiger
    Phone: 919-515-4624
    Fax: 919-515-4622

    • Spring Training

      Spring 2024 Order Forms/Information  

      Please complete the forms below and FAX or Email by April 9, 2024 
      FAX# 919-515-4622

      -Registration Form
      -Training Sign-Up Form
      -EOC Order Form
      -EOG Order Form

      Test Coordinator Security Agreement MUST be completed and faxed with your order forms.
      Test Coordinator Security Agreement

      TRAINING DATE: April 23, 2024 

      EOG Guide (Coming Soon)

      Training Site:

      Training will be done remotely using Zoom.  Meeting ID will be emailed within 1-2 days of training.

      • Required Training Sessions


        Participation in the NPSTS program requires attendance to training session(s) related to assessment(s) given.  Each participating school must receive training through the Non-Public Schools Testing Service. No other training options are available.

        **Please note: The General Policy Session is a mandatory part of the training. Everyone must attend this part of the training as well as the training for their individual test(s), in order to comply with all of the training requirements. Approval will be required, prior to the training session, if your school desires more than one person in attendance per training session. The only exception to this policy will be for training sessions involving Online testing.

        • Testing Requirements

          Testing requirements for non-public schools, written by the Director of the NC Division of Non-Public Education, outlines the testing requirements for non-public schools. For more detailed information about policies governing non-public and home schools contact the N.C. Division of Non Public Education. Information about the North Carolina Public Schools, including the 2016-2017 North Carolina Testing Program Required Tests and Testing Calendars, can be obtained from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

          • Testing Security

            Test security is a top priority. It is the responsibility of all participants in the program to fully understand and abide by the rules and regulations established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instructions. Information regarding test security can be found in the Testing Code of Ethics and in other publications distributed to participants. Test security will be fully explained at the required training sessions.

            • Testing Irregularity

              Non-public school test administrators must report in writing to the non-public school principal and non-public school test coordinator any irregularities or violations of test procedures (e.g., cheating, random marking, disruptions, illness during testing) using the Non-Public Schools Testing Service (NPSTS) Report of Testing Irregularities form.  Non-public school test coordinators must report testing irregularities, breaches of test security, and their findings from subsequent investigations to the NPSTS Test Coordinator, FAX (919) 515-4622.  Failure to report testing irregularities or breaches of test security to the NPSTS may result in the forfeiture of a non-public school’s right to further participation in the North Carolina Testing program.

              • Special Notes

                Special Note: If you will be testing students using accommodations during testing, you will need to submit the NPSTS Testing Students with Accommodations form along with your order form. For information about using accommodations, refer to the appropriate Test Administrator’s Manual and to the Testing Students with Disabilities document.

                • Calculator Use

                  Calculators: Please check your Test Administrators Manual for specifics about which type of calculator may be used on certain tests. This chart should help you make that determination.