Testing Information. TNReady is a part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and is designed to assess true student understanding, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. It will assess what students know and what our schools can do to help them succeed in the future. The State of Tennessee requires this assessment be administered to see how students, schools, and districts score through the TCAP. Subject areas include TNReady assessments for math, English Language Arts, social studies, and science. The TNReady tests a deeper level of knowledge than previous tests. For example, in math, students will solve multi-step problems, many without using a calculator. In English Language Arts, students will read a passage and provide some written responses to support their answers. TNReady provides teachers and parents a unique feedback loop and big-picture perspective to better understand how students are progressing and how they can support their academic development. The Grade 2 assessment is administered to all second grade Scott County Students. It measures mastery of the Tennessee Academic Standards in English Language Arts and math and will provide valuable data to both second and third grade teachers, ensuring that our youngest learners are strengthening foundational literacy and math skills early in their school careers.
Testing Dates. The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) for Scott County students, includes grades 3 – 12, and will be administered beginning April 16 and ending May 4. Some schools may finish a day or so sooner than others. The Grade 2 Assessment will be administered April 23 – May 4.
Online Testing. This year, all high schools were required to move to online assessments, and school districts also had the option to test students online in grades 5 – 8. The State feels they must prepare students for their future, which requires comfort with technology. So Scott High School and all middle schools will be testing students online this spring, while students in grades 2, 3, and 4 will take the TNReady on paper.
Student Test Scores. State Testing is planning for the 2017-18 TNReady scores to be available for families and school during the summer 2018. Students will receive newly redesigned family score reports (as high school students received in the fall), which will provide more and better information to parents and students. The subjects are broken down into categories of skills to show the areas where a student is doing well or needs extra help. Results will also compare a students’ performance to that of the peers within their school, district, and Tennessee.
Student Grades. State Testing provides school districts with raw data, meaning how many questions a student answered correctly. If districts receive this information before the final five days of the school year, they are required to include TNReady scores as 15% of a student’s grade for 2017-18.
Student Learning. Parents are important partners in making sure that students are prepared for learning as well as for the TCAP Test.
The “Parent Checklist for TNReady” from the State website, www.TNReady.gov includes the following:
- Help your child get ready to learn: ensure your child is going to school every day well-rested and ready to take on new challenges.
- Meet with your child’s teacher regularly: Ask about your child’s strengths and areas to grow and how you can help him/her at home.
- Talk to your child: Get feedback on which subjects your child feels most comfortable in and where he/she feels most challenged.
- Challenge your child: When your child is working or studying for a classroom test, ask him/her to explain the learning and be the teacher.
- Be an adult learner and set the example: Let your child see you discovering new things and overcoming challenges, whether learning new information or a new skill.
Parents can also help their child by doing the following:
- Talk with their child about testing and explain that the TCAP Achievement Test is a requirement of the State of Tennessee, and it will be an opportunity for their child to show what he/she has learned throughout the school year.
- Encourage their child to read each question carefully and then do their best while asking for help if they don’t understand the directions.
- Ensure that the student arrives to school on time prepared with the supplies needed for the test.
- Ensure that their child gets restful sleep and a good breakfast and healthy meals during the test.
Additional parent resources may be found on the Tennessee Department of Education website