Testing and Evaluation

Testing & Evaluation

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP):

The TCAP Achievement test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

Tennessee is an English-only state, which means all assessments are provided in English only. We do not offer any of our assessments in a native language format.

2014-15 Social Studies Assessments:

The State Board of Education approved an assessment transition plan for social studies for the 2014-15 school year. There will be a field test in 2014-15, and operational social studies testing will resume in the 2015-16 school year.

For additional TCAP Information: http://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/achievement_faq.shtml

K-2 SAT 10:

The K-2 assessment (formerly known as SAT 10) is an optional test that districts can choose to use. The test measures basic reading and math skills. It is a norm-referenced assessment designed to measure individual student achievement compared to national norms. The K-2 assessment provides a benchmark of how students perform on the foundational skills required for success in future grades.

More than 100 Tennessee school districts decided to participate in the K-2 assessment during its first two years of operation, which resulted in important new student performance information.

Focus Clusters are the Tennessee standards, which correspond to some of the most important topics and skills for students to master in each of the early grades.

For additional SAT 10 Information:

Writing Assessment:

All students tested in grades 3 through 11 will complete an online test in February.

Each writing assessment will consist of two complex texts and two essays.

Text will cover social studies or science topics in order to demonstrate the range of informational reading possible in a Common Core curriculum.

Students will write two essays:

One prose constructed response (PCR) essay about the first text. The essay will be an analytical summary (informational/explanatory).

One prose constructed response (PCR) analytical essay about both texts. The essay will be informational/explanatory or opinion/argument.

The assessment will have an extended time limit. Total time will equal a maximum of 2.5 hours in all grade levels. The time on task allowed for this assessment will be 2 hours. Teachers will be allowed to institute a break after 1 hour. This break would last approximately 30 minutes.

The assessment in all grades will be scored centrally at Measurement Incorporated.

The 2014 TCAP Writing Assessment will continue to have no effect upon district or school level accountability and will not be factored into teacher value-added scores.

Tennessee is a predominately English language speaking state. All assessments are provided in English only. Tennessee does not offer assessments formatted in the native language of our students other than English.

Easy CBM- Response to Intervention (RTI) Assessment

Students in grades K-8 will be given three (3) benchmark tests to identify strengths and weaknesses in Reading and Math skills. Results will be used to guide remediation and enrichment instruction to students.

High-School End of Course:

High School End of Course examinations are given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology I and Chemistry. The results of these examinations will be factored into the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 (2).

The End of Course exam grade will count 20 percent of the second semester grade for the 2009-10 and the 2010-11 school years and 25 percent of the second semester grade in subsequent school years.

Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead students must achieve a passing score for the course in accordance with the State Board of Education’s uniform grading policy.

For additional End of Course Information: http://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/high_school.shtml

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