District and State Assessments
As required by Public Chapter 892, this is a listing of the state and district mandated assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.
2020-2021 District Mandated Assessments
Grade 2 Assessment

Purpose and Use – This test is given to help measure how much a second grade student grows academically over the course of a school year.

 

Dates of Administration – April-May 2021

 

Grades Administered – 2nd Grade

 

Results to Parents and Students - Grade 2 assessment results from the 2020-21 school year will be released to parents and students in summer 2021.

 

AP EXAMS

Purpose and Use - Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and

 

examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

 

Date of Administration – May 2021

 

Grades Administered – 9-12 in AP Courses only

 

Results to Parents and Students – Students will receive an email in early July telling them how and where to access their scores.

 

Pre-ACT 8/9 (Grade 8)

Purpose and Use – The Pre-ACT 8/9 is a standardized test administered by ACT that establishes a baseline measurement of a student’s college and career readiness as they get ready to enter high school.

 

Date of Administration – October 22, 2020

 

Grades Administered – Grade 8

 

Results to Parents and Students – Students will receive individual score reports within six to eight weeks of testing.

Pre-ACT

Purpose and Use – The Pre-ACT is a standardized test administered by ACT that establishes a baseline measurement of a student’s college and career readiness as they prepare for the ACT

 

Date of Administration – October 6, 2020

 

Grades Administered – Grade 10

 

Results to Parents and Students – Students will receive individual score reports within six to eight weeks of testing.

WIDA MODEL

Purpose and Use – WIDA MODEL is a multipurpose assessment created by WIDA. At the district level, this assessment is available to administer to EL students in order to gain a timely measure of language proficiency throughout the year. The assessment may be administered to a group of students as an interim benchmark, or it may be administered individually to an EL student to assist in determining the appropriate level of ESL service needed.

 

Date of Administration – Throughout the school year, as needed.

 

Grades Administered – K-12 EL Students

 

Results to Parents and Students – These results will be utilized by school personnel to inform individualized language development instruction. Results are calculated by the teacher immediately following the administration of the test and are shared with parents and classroom teachers.

 

District Benchmark Assessments

Purpose and Use – To assess student mastery of the state content standards to inform instruction and allow teachers and principals to adjust and individualize instruction. These assessments do not count for grades.

 

Dates of Administration

Benchmark 1: November 2-16, 2020

Benchmark 2: January 18-February 1, 2021

Benchmark 3: March 22-April 9, 2021

 

Grades Administered – 2-12

 

Results to Parents and Students – Results are for the use of school staff to improve, adjust, and individualize instruction. Results will be provided to students and will be available to parents upon request.

 

ASVAB

Purpose and Use –  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a widely used multiple-aptitude test battery. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures student strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides students with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors. 

 

Date of Administration –  October 2020

 

Grades Administered – 11th Grade

 

Results to Parents and Students – Students will receive individual score reports within six to eight weeks of testing.

 

https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment.html

2020-2021 State Mandated Assessments
RTI Universal Screening

Purpose and Use - These screenings are mandated by state policy and help support our “Response to Instruction and Intervention” (RTI2) initiative. Students who demonstrate a need for intervention are required by state policy to participate in progress monitoring testing every two weeks.

 

Dates of Administration

Fall Screener: October 5-16, 2020

Winter Screener: February 8-19, 2021

Spring Screener: May 10-21, 2021

 

Grades Administered - These assessments are administered three times per year to all students in grades K-12 during times known as “Universal Screenings.”

 

Results to Parents and Students -These results will be utilized by school personnel to tailor the design of each child’s intervention. Students who are making expected progress are identified as Tier I. Those students who are identified through RTI2 as Tier II or Tier III are in need of

intervention. Parents of students identified as Tier II or Tier III will be notified through written

communication, conference, phone call, or email.

TNReady English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Grades 3-8

Purpose and Use - The TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. TCAP measures student understanding of our state standards.

 

Date of Administration - April 12 - May 6, 2021

Grades Administered - 3rd-8th grades

 

Results to Parents and Students - Score reports will not be available until fall 2021.

End of Course Exams (EOCs) (Grades 9-12)

Purpose and Use - The TCAP EOC tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. TCAP measures student understanding of our state standards. TCAP EOC assessments are given to help measure how much a student grows academically in a particular content area:

 

  • English I/II
  • Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II
  • U.S. History
  • Biology

Date of Administration – Fall Block Nov. 30 - Dec. 17, 2020. Spring Block April 12 - May 6, 2021

Grades Administered – Grades 9-12 for students taking EOC courses and grade 8 for students taking Alg. I.

 

Results to Parents and Students – Score reports from the 2020-21 school year for EOC assessments will be provided to districts in fall 2021 to distribute to parents.

MSAA for Students with Disabilities

Purpose and Use - The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is the English language arts and math assessment for students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. MSAA is administered online by the teacher. This test is given to help

measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

 

Date of Administration – March 15-April 30, 2021

 

Results to Parents – Parents will receive individual performance reports in the fall of 2021.

 


TCAP-ALT for Students with Disabilities

Purpose and Use - TCAP-Alt is the assessment for science and social studies for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students are assessed in grades 3–8 for both science and social studies and in grade 10 for Biology. TCAP-Alt is administrated via paper by the teacher.

 

Date of Administration – March 15 - April 30, 2021

 

Results to Parents – Parents will receive individual performance reports in the fall of 2021.

 

ACCESS for English Learners

Purpose and Use - English Learners will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency. ACCESS assesses students in the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

Date of Administration – February 16 - April 2, 2021 (Tentative)

 

Grades Administered – K-12 EL Students

 

Results to Parents – District will receive results in early summer. Parents will receive individual student reports in the fall during the first week of school.

 

For more information, see https://www.wida.us/membership/states/Tennessee.aspx.

ACT for Juniors

Purpose and Use - Students in Tennessee are required to take a college entrance exam (either the ACT or SAT) in the eleventh grade. This is now a graduation requirement for students seeking a regular or honors diploma. Districts in Tennessee contract with ACT to provide an

opportunity to take the ACT at their own school during the school day at no cost to the student.

 

Date of Administration - March 16, 2021. Make-up date: TBD

 

Grades Administered - 11 graders

 

Results to Parents - ACT test results are provided to districts in the late spring. Students receive

their results directly from ACT.

ACT Senior Retake

Purpose and Use – This is an opportunity for seniors who took the ACT as juniors to retake the ACT and improve their scores. If a senior missed taking the ACT for the first time in their junior year, they can take the test on the Senior Retake date.

 

Date of Administration – October 6, 2020

 

Grades Administered – 12th graders

 

Results to Parents – Students receive ACT test results directly from ACT.

 

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Purpose and Use - NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation. NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. In even-numbered years, NAEP measures Tennessee student’s academic achievement against students in other states also taking this test.

 

Date of Administration - Jan- March 2021

 

Grades Administered - Grades 4, 8, & 12 (NCES selects a sample of schools that reflect the varying demographics of each state). Within each selected school, students are chosen at random. Every student has the same chance of being chosen—regardless of race or ethnicity,

socioeconomic status, disability, status as an English language learner, or any other factors.

 

Results to Parents - No results are provided to districts or parents.

 

District Points of Contact

Buddy Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction: 423-581-3118

Stephanie Dallmann, Supervisor of Assessments and ESL: 423-581-3118