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2017-18 Testing Dates

As required by T.C.A. 49-6-6007, this is a listing of state mandated assessments for the 2017-18 school year.

TCAP Achievement and End of Course Tests

Grades 3-8 TCAP Achievement Assessments

Annual assessments play a key role in the teaching and learning process, and they are critical to ensure that all students are meeting higher standards and are making progress on their path to postsecondary and the workforce. The TCAP assessments are designed to provide Tennessee students, teachers, and families with better information about what students know and understand.

Each test (by subject) is divided into multiple subparts and will be administered on paper in a single administration window at the end of the school year.

  • English language arts (4 subparts) will consist of multiple choice and selected response items, as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.
  • Mathematics (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice, multiple select, equation editor, matching tables, and graphing representations.
  • Science (2 subparts) will measure current content standards and consist of multiple choice items.
  • Social Studies (2 subparts) will consist of multiple choice, as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A. 49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.  Modified assessments in Braille and large print are also provided in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990.

 

 

Purpose & 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 current state standards, not the previous SPIs with the exception of science, which is scheduled to have new assessments in the 2017-18 school year.

Administration Window

Loudon County's testing dates within the state's administration window. 

  • April 25 - May 4, 2018

The ELA subpart 1, which includes a written response, will be administered on April 18th.

Length of Assessment

English Language Arts

  • Grades 3-5
  • Subpart 1 (writing): 50 minutes
  • Subparts 2-4: 35-50 minutes each
  • Grades 6-8
  • Subpart 1 (writing): 45 minutes
  • Subparts 2-4: 45-50 minutes each

Mathematics

  • Grades 3-5
  • Subparts 1-3: 30-45 minutes each
  • Grades 6-8
  • Subparts 1-3: 30-55 minutes each

Science

  • Grade 3
  • Subparts 1-2: 51-53 minutes each
  • Grades 4-8
  • Subparts 1-2: 47-48 minutes each

Social Studies

  • Grades 3-8
  • TBD

Results to Parents & Students

Quick score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student's performance, are provided to districts by end of school year. These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail and we will share those reports in the fall 2018.

 

Grades 9-12 TCAP End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

Each test (by subject) is divided into multiple subparts and will be administered in a single administration window at the end of the course.

  • English I, English II, and English III (4 subparts) will consist of multiple choice and selected response items as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II and Integrated Math III (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice, multiple select, equation editor, matching tables, and graphing representations.
  • Biology and Chemistry (2 subparts) will measure current content standards and consist of multiple choice items.
  • U.S. History/Geography (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice items as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.  Modified assessments in Braille and large print are also provided in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990.

Purpose & Use

The TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. They measure student understanding of our current state standards, not the previous SPIs, with the exception of biology and chemistry, which are scheduled to have new assessments in the 2017-18 school year.

TCAP EOC assessments are given to help measure how much a student grows academically in a particular content area.

Administration Window

Note: Subpart 1 of the English language arts and U.S. History/Geography assessments, which include written responses, will be administered November 28-29t during first semester classes and April 18th during second semester classes.

For fall block schedules:

  • December 4 -December 13, 2017

For full year and spring block schedules:

  • April 25 - May 4, 2018

Length of Assessment

  • English I, English II, English III
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 85 minutes
    • Subparts 2-4: 45-50 minutes each
  • Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, Integrated Math III
    • Subparts 1-3: 35-55 minutes each
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
    • Subparts 1-3: 35-55 minutes each
  • Biology and Chemistry
    • Subparts 1-2: 75 minutes each
  • U.S. History
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 50 minutes
    • Subparts 2 - 3: 45 minutes each

 

Results to Parents & Students

Quick Score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student's performance, are provided to districts by end of school year.  These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail. Districts will receive these reports in mid-winter for tests given in the fall and in early summer for tests given in the spring and will share those with parents.

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Students with Disabilities

During the 2017-18 school year, TCAP-Alternate will include the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in English language arts and math, as well as the TCAP-Alternate assessment in science and social studies. TCAP-Alternate is an assessment based on alternate achievement standards. This assessment is appropriate for students with a significant cognitive disability as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. The MSAA is designed to be administered online by the test administrator. The TCAP-Alternate science and social studies is designed to be administrated via paper by the test administrator.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

The development of alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities is authorized under a department regulation (34 C.F.R. Part 200) published on December 9, 2003, and T.C.A  49-1-612. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title I require inclusion of all students with disabilities in the state assessment system.

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

 

Administration Window

The operational Alternative assessments will be administered March 19- May 4.

Length of Assessment

Students are given the assessment during class time throughout the window based on student needs and class schedules.

Results to Parents & Students

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer and the district will share these reports with parents.

 

ACCESS for English Learners

During the 2017-18 school year, 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.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Purpose & Use

Administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency.

Administration Window

February 20  - April 6, 2018

 

  Length of Assessment

The test is self-paced with target administration times for each section of the test as follows:

  • Listening: Up to 40 minutes
  • Reading: Up to 35 minutes
  • Speaking: Up to 30 minutes
  • Writing Tier A: Up to 45 minutes
  • Writing Tiers B/C: Up to 60 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

Additional information is posted to https://www.wida.us/membership/states/Tennessee.aspx

Grade 2 TCAP Assessment

The new Grade 2 assessment will be given operationally in the spring of 2017.

Required?

No

Applicable Federal/State Law

Not applicable-voluntary participation

Purpose & Use

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

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

April 30 -May 4, 2018

Length of Assessment

English: Subpart 1: 40 minutes  Subpart 2: 40 minutes Subpart 3: 40 minutes Subpart 4: 42 minutes Total: 162 minutes

Mathematics: Subpart 1: 40 minutes Subpart 2: 42 minutes Total: 82 minutes

Results to Parents and Students

Because it is the first year we will be able to fully administer the new test for grade 2, the scoring results will be delayed while Tennessee teachers and the department complete the scoring process during the summer. Therefore, the results for grade 2 will not be released until fall 2017. During future test administrations, the department will publish results for grade 2, grades 3–8, and high school on a similar timeline.

 

ACT/SAT

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents. ACT/SAT

Required

Yes; Grade 11

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A 49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use

The ACT is used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility.

All Tennessee students receive one free voucher for either ACT or SAT; requests for vouchers should be made at the student's school.

 

 

Administration Window

ACT

  • Senior Retake ACT: October 3, 2017
  • Statewide ACT Assessment for 11th grade: March 20, 2018
  • District Practice ACT for 8th-10th grade: March 20, 2018
  • Students may also take the ACT on a national test date administered by ACT. These test dates are listed at ACT Registration | Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada.

Participation in the statewide administration of ACT or SAT counts as using a voucher.

Length of Assessment

ACT:

  • English: 45 minutes
  • Math: 60 minutes
  • Reading: 35 minutes
  • Science: 35 minutes
  • Writing: 30 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

For ACT, student-level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.

 

National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. 

Required

Yes

 

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which requires the state to participate in the biennial state academic assessments of fourth and eighth grade reading and mathematics.

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee fourth and eighth graders will take this test. This test, often called the nation's rreport card, measures Tennessee's academic achievement against other states also taking this test. Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

January 29 - March 9, 2018

Length of Assessment

60-90 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

No student level results provided

- See more at: http://tn.gov/education/topic/testing-dates#sthash.O4PRpABe.dpuf

 

District Formative Assessment

Grades 3-8 AIMSWeb Assessments

Aimsweb benchmark assessments will be provided three times during the school year (fall, winter, and spring).  These assessments are being used as a screening instrument to help in determining individual skills based needs of students. Through benchmark assessments, students are assessed in both reading and math.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Universal screeners are required by TDOE to determine students eligible for additional services.

Purpose & Use

Aimsweb benchmark assessments are designed to provide information about gaps in reading and math skills for individual students.

Administration Window

Aimsweb:

  • September 18  - September 29, 2017
  • January 8 - January 19, 2018, HS November 27 – December 5, 2017
  • April 9 - April 20, 2018

Length of Assessment

Fall: All Students (K  - 8th grade)

  • K - Letter Naming, Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers
  • 1st - Letter Naming, Letter Sound, Phonemic Segmentation, Nonsense Word, R-CBM (Fluency), Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers
  • 2nd - R-CBM (Fluency), M-Comp, and M-Cap (Reasoning)
  • 3rd  - 8th :  Maze, M-Comp, and M-Cap (Reasoning)

Winter:  All students in Tiers and student concerns

  • K - Letter Naming, Letter Sound, Phonemic Segmentation, Nonsense Words, Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers
  • 1st-Phonemic Segmentation, Nonsense Word, R-CBM (Fluency), Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers
  • 2nd-R-CBM (Fluency), Maze, M-Comp and M-Cap (Reasoning)
  • 3rd-8th :  Maze, M-Comp, and M-Cap (Reasoning)

Spring:  All Students (K- 8th grade)

  • K - Letter Naming, Letter Sound, Phonemic Segmentation, Nonsense Words, Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers
  • 1st - Nonsense Word, R-CBM (Fluency), Oral Counting, Number Identification, Quantity Discrimination, Missing Numbers, M-Comp
  • 2nd -  R-CBM Fluency, Maze, Math Comp and M-Cap (Reasoning)
  • 3rd -8th :  Maze, M-Comp, and M-Cap (Reasoning)

High School:Fall, Winter, and Spring  Only test students in Tiers II & Tier III and students that teachers, parents, and administration have an academic concern.

  • 9th -12th Maze, M-Comp, and M-Cap (Reasoning)

 

 

Results to Parents & Students

Data from Aimsweb benchmark scores are used to help determine skill deficit needs of students that score at or below the 25th percentile. Parents are notified if it is determined that students would benefit from a Tier II or Tier III intervention in reading and/or math.