2020-2021 Assessments Schedule

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TCAP ACHIEVEMENT – Required by State

TCAP will be ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies for students in grades 3 – 8.

Purpose & Use:  The TCAP Tests are designed to assess true student understanding not just test taking skills.  It will measure student understanding of our current revised state standards in ELA and Math.  Science and Social Studies will be tested on the current state standards.  

Administration Window:  April 19 – May 6 
Districts must administer the writing portions pf assessment during the first week of the testing window.


TCAP - Alt (Gr. 3-11) - March 15 – April 30 (MSAA & Science/SS)

Grade 2 - April 19 - May 6
Grade 2 - ALT - March 15 - March 30

Results to Parents & Students:
Quick score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their students’ performance may be provided to districts by early summer.  These scores may be used to help calculate final grades for student report cards.

Districts should receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in the fall after standard setting.  Individual profile reports are provided for parents and students as soon as the district receives them or State makes them available online.

END OF COURSE (EOC)  - Required by State

Purpose & Use- The TCAP EOC Tests are designed to assess true student understanding not just test taking skills.  It will measure student understanding of our current revised state standards in ELA and Math.  Science and Social Studies will be tested on the current state standards

Grade:  Students in grades 9 – 12

Subjects:  English I/II/III; Algebra I/II; Geometry; Biology; Chemistry; U.S. History and Geography.

Administration Window
Fall Block – November 30 - December 17
Spring block / Traditional – April 12 - May 6

Results to Parents & Students:
Quick score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their students’ performance may be provided to districts by early winter for fall block and early summer for spring block.  These may be used to help calculate final grades for report cards. Districts will receive individual performance reports which detail student performance after standard setting.  Individual profile reports are  provided for parents and students as soon as the district receives them or the State makes them available online.

ACCESS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS (WIDA)

Students will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency.  ACCESS assesses student in the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Applicable Federal/State Law
The test is administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Purpose & Use
The test is administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency, and provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELLs.

Administration Window
February 16 - April 2 (Tentative)

Results to Parents & Students
Additional information is posted on the following website:

https://www.wida.us/membership/states/Tennessee.aspx

CIVICS - HIGH SCHOOL
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT STUDENTS

Required – Yes by the State of Tennessee

Purpose & Use
To fulfill the state law requiring high school students take a civics test.

Administration Window
Scheduled Throughout Fall & Spring Semesters

Results to Parents & Students
Student results are shared with parents and students during the semester of his/her American Government class.

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR EDUCATION PROGRESS (NAEP)

The NAEP produces The Nation’s Report Card and is considered the gold standard for large-scale assessment.  It is the largest nationally representative assessment of what U.S. students know and can do in key subjects, which allows Tennesseans to see how our students perform as compared to peers in other states.

Purpose & Use
Only a small sample of Tennessee of students in grades 4, 8, and 12  in select schools will take this test and tests in reading, math, social studies, and science.  It is often called the Nation’s Report Card, measures Tennessee’s academic achievement against other states taking this tests.

Testing Window – January 28 – March 15

Results to Parents & Students
NAEP is not designed to show individual results.  After students complete the assessment, their names are physically removed from the booklets and never leave their schools.  Instead of reporting individual scores, NAEP reports overall results for the nation, the stats, and for demographic groups of students.

ACT -  Required T.C.A 49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use
The ACT is used to measure college readiness and HOPE Scholarship eligibility.

Administration Window

ACT        Fall 2020 Senior Retake*    

Standard (Paper) Sept. 22

        Initial Acomm. (Paper)  Sept. 22-25 & Sept.28-Oct. 2
        Standard (Paper) Oct. 6
        Makeup Accommodations:  Oct. 6-9, 12

Makeup Standard (Paper)  Oct. 20
        Emergency Accommodation (Paper)  Oct. 20-23 & 26
        Spring (grade 11) 2021
        Standard (Paper):  March 2
        Accommodations (Paper)  March 9-12, March 15-19
        Online Standard And Accommodations  March 2-4 and March 9-11

Spring 2021

Standard (paper) March 16

        Accommodations (Paper) March 16-19, March 22-26
        Online Standard and Accommodations March 16-18, March 23-25

*This is the fall 2020 senior retake date.  Due to spring 2020 school closure, this is the first time the Majority of students will be taking the ACT.

Spring 2021

Standard (Paper)  March 30

        Accommodations (Paper) March 30-31, April 1-2, April 5-9
        Online Standard Accommodations:  March 30-31, April 1, April 6-8


Results to Parents & Students

Student Level reports are provided to students approximately 3 to 8 weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.  Schools will share these reports with students and parents.

NWEA MAP
Grades K – 8

Required:  Yes by the school district.

Purpose & Use
An LEA must administer a nationally normed, skills-based universal screener for RTI.  STAR Assessment is a universal screener is a brief screening assessment of academic skills (basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, math calculation, math problem solving, and written expression) and a diagnostic tool that is administered to determine whether students demonstrate the skills necessary to achieve grade level standards.  It is administered three times per year.  The RTI2 School Data Team will look at scores of any student who scores at the 25th percentile or below may be placed in Tier II or Tier III of RTI based on other additional data.

Administration Window: TBD
 

Results to Parents & Students
Screening results are not typically distributed outside the school.  However, If a student qualifies for RTI, parents are notified and a graph is sent home with information about what the data indicates.

EASY CBM
Grades K-12

Required – Yes by district

Purpose & Use
Easy CBM is a benchmark and progress online tool used primarily for RTI2 to show if the student is making progress with the intervention being used.

Administration Window
August 31 - September 18 (Tentative)
January 11 - January 29 (Tentative)
May 3 - May 21 (Tentative)

Results to Parents & Students
Test results are sent home to parents with a letter of explanation indicating whether or not a student is making progress.  Scores may indicate that a student is progressing or if not may need to move from Tier I to II or Tier III or back to Tier I.

*Parents are able to access more information about testing by going to the State Website at https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/testing-overview.html