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District Testing Information 2017-18

The 2017-18 TNREADY (State Mandated) assessment is a fully aligned assessment that captures the depth and breadth of what students are learning- and have been learning- in the classroom every day. The purpose of the paper/pencil TNREADY is to provide educators, parents, and students with a big-picture perspective on how they are progressing academically compared to their peers across Tennessee, and better information about a student's strengths, needs, and areas for growth. The test will be given from April 16-May 4. Testing times and admission times are attached.

Math: The assessment will be administered in three subparts to grades 3-8. Testing times are slightly different based upon grade levels. Students will not be allowed to use calculators during the first math subpart.    Students will be allowed to use calculators for the second and third math subparts. Updated reference sheets and calculator guidance along with the assessment blueprints are located on the TN Dept. of Education website.

English Language Arts: Students in grades 3-8 will take the ELA test in four subparts. The first subpart will ask students to respond to a text-dependent writing prompt. The writing prompt could be any of the three modes of writing (explanatory, argumentative, or narrative.) The date for this subpart will be April 17. The other subparts will include multiple item types. One-half to one-third of schools will be required to participate in the TNREADY ELA Writing field tests on a rotating basis every two to three years. The testing window for the field test is March-TBD.

Social Studies: All students will participate in one 50 minute assessment. Field tests are not scored for a grade and do not factor into educators' evaluations. Instead, field testing is a process that education leaders use to ensure that, for future tests, students are only scored on test questions that are valid and appropriate for them to take.

Science: Science standards, test structure, and item types will be the same as in recent years. Students will take the science test in two sub-parts. Testing time is slightly different based upon grade levels.

There will also be an assessment for 2nd grade students provided by the State. The assessment will cover ELA & Mathematics Subpart 1 and Subpart 2. Students in K-1 do not take traditional, standardized state assessments.

English learners (ELs) are required to participate in any state or federal mandated assessments. The only exception is for a student who is in his or her first year in a U.S. school.    A first year EL may be exempt from the English language arts and social studies assessments. However, the first-year EL must take the math assessment but may have the score exempt from accountability.
Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA): this assessment will be given to students in grades 3-8 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. MSAA will be tentatively administered from March 19-May 11. The test is highly individualized to meet the needs of each student in Math and English language arts.

TCAP Alternative (TCAP-Alt.): this assessment will be given to students in grades 3-8 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. TCAP-Alt. will be administered from March 19- May 11. The test is highly individualized to meet the needs of each student in Social Studies and Science.

English language proficiency assessment for English Learners (ELs): This assessment is not part of TNREADY because its purpose is to determine proficiency levels for ELs and allows the district to properly place ELs into the English as a Second Language program for the district. Federal policy requires under Title I that all English Learners be assessed for English language proficiency. This assessment is WIDA ACCESS 2.0 which is a computer- based assessment for ELs in all grades except kindergarten. Kindergarten ELs also take an assessment called WIDA ACCESS, which is built around a board game. All WIDA assessments cover all four domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This assessment is given to ELs in the spring.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what American's students know and can do in various subject areas including mathematics, reading, and science. Since the same tests are used across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states. The assessment stays the same from year to year, providing a clear picture of student academic progress over time. Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the country since 2011, with students showing more growth over time that those in any other state. Grades 4 and 8 may participate in the assessment between January 29 and March 9, if chosen. The results will be posted to the Nation's Report Card. Tennessee will receive results in math and reading in the fall of 2018.

AimsWeb Benchmark Assessment: These district mandated benchmark assessments are given to students in grades K-8 in August, January, and May. This data is used for screening, instructional placement, and progress monitoring. Parents will receive a detailed summary report in September, February, and May. Early literacy benchmarks are used with students in grades K- 1 and include: Letter Naming Fluency, Letter Sound Fluency, Phonemic Segmentation Fluency, and Nonsense Word Fluency.    Students in grades 1-8 will take an Oral Reading exam and a MAZE (Multiple Choice Word Test). Students in grades K-1 will take an Early Numeracy Exam that includes: Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, and Missing Number. Students in grades 1-8 will take a Math Computation exam and also a Math Concepts and Applications exam.