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ACCESS for ELLs

Purpose: To monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

Grade Level/Class:  K-12; K-Paper/Pencil, 1-11th grade-Online

Description: ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given annually to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).

Use of Data:  Results serve as one criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support and on state academic content tests without accommodations.  Data provide schools with information that will aid in evaluating the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs and identifies the ELP levels of students with respect to the WIDA ELP Standards' levels 1-6.

Tentative Testing Window: March 6 - May 21, 2017

Parental/Student Notification: Parent notification letter in their native language within the federal guidelines.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

ACT®

Purpose:  To assess students' academic readiness for college.

Grade Level/Class:  11; 12*

Description: The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

Use of Data:  Eligibility for Graduation with Honors, Tennessee Hope Scholarship, dual credit enrollment requirement; course placement in fourth year Math.

Tentative Dates:  Fall make-ups (*12th grade only) - October 22, 2016
Juniors - March 21, 2017, Make-up day April 19, 2017.

Parental/Student Notification: Sent to students and parents by ACT.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

CogAT

Purpose: To assess the reasoning and problem-solving skills of students.

Grade Level/Class:  2-Online

Description: CogAT is a nationally normed cognitive ability test. All three sections in CogAT are referred to as batteries and each battery consists of a set of questions that test different reasoning and problem solving abilities of a student. The three batteries are: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates: September 20-22, 2016

Parental/Student Notification: Schools are provided stickers to place in the student’s cumulative folder and a score report is generally sent home within a month of testing.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

District Benchmarks

Purpose: To assess how schools are progressing towards meeting their academic goals.

Grade Level/Class:  Grades 3-11 for Math and RLA only; ALG I & II, Geometry, ENG I, II & III.

Description: Taken online or by paper/pencil.  The benchmark is a multiple choice assessment designed to show if students are meeting grade level expectations.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window: TBD; None at this time.

Parental/Student Notification:  Results are provided to teachers and school administrators only.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

Gateway

Purpose:  The Tennessee Gateway Assessment was originally established to meet the Tennessee mandate for high stakes, end of course assessments in Tennessee secondary schools.  It has since been replaced by TNReady and TCAP EOC assessments.

Grade Level/Class:  Post-12

Description: An online assessment to fulfil graduation requirements for students who entered high school before 2009.

Use of Data:  Regular diploma requirement for students who entered high school before 2009.

Tentative Testing Window: Fall, Nov.28-December 16, 2016; Spring, April 17-May 5, 2017

Parental/Student Notification:  Test results will be available within a few days of the closing of each window.  Students should contact their last school of enrollment for test results.

Grades:  No grades are given on this assessment.

i-READY DIAGNOSTIC MATH ASSESSMENT

Purpose:  To provide an assessment which leverages advanced technology to provide a deep, customized evaluation of every student and to track student growth and performance consistently over a student's entire career.

Grade Level/Class:  K-8 Math

Description:  i-Ready Diagnostic adapts to each student, providing easier or harder questions depedning on students' answers to previous questions.  By adapting across K-8, i-Ready Diagnostic helps teachers understand the root causes behind student challenges.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school adminsitrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students.  They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window:  September 6-16; January 4-20

Parental/Student Notification: Results are provided to teachers and school administrators only.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

NAEP

Purpose:  To compare student achievement in states and other jurisdictions and to track changes in achievement of fourth and eighth-graders over time in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing, the Arts, Civics, Economics, Geography, U.S. History, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy​ (TEL).

Grade Level/Class:  4, 8

Description: 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.  

Use of Data:  The reports and data derived from the NAEP assessment are used for a variety of purposes by education leaders, policymakers, the press, curriculum specialists, teachers, researchers, and others.

Tentative Testing Window: January 30 – March 10, 2017 (*randomly selected students and schools)

Parental/Student Notification: NAEP does not provide individual scores for the students or schools assessed. Instead, NAEP provides results about subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment, and reports these results for populations of students (e.g., fourth-graders) and subgroups of those populations (e.g., male students or Hispanic students).  These results are reported approximately six months after testing.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.


MSAA (formally Alt-PA)

Purpose:  To provide an alternate assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Grade Level/Class:  3-8, 11

Description:  The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to assess students with significant cognitive disability and measures academic content that is aligned to and derived from your state’s content standards. This test contains many built-in supports that allow students to take the test using materials they are most familiar with and communicate what they know and can do as independently as possible. The MSAA will be administered in the areas of ELA and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students.  They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window:  March 6-May 21, 2017

Parental/Student Notification:  A report concerning performance on specific objectives (criterion-referenced) and a description of student performance on academic skills based on the grade span standards (performance levels) is sent home four to five months after testing.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

RTI Screening

Purpose:  To assess the performance and progress of all students on grade level skills and assist schools with identifying students who may need additional instructional support.

Grade Level/Class:  K-8

Description: easyCBM is the universal screening and progress monitoring tool Rutherford County will use for the 2016-2017 school year.  It is a nationally-normed assessment and a requirement of Tennessee's RTI² (Response to Instruction and Intervention) framework.

Use of Data:  Identify students who may be in need of targeted intervention in addition to their typical high-quality core instruction. 

Tentative Dates:  August 10-26, 2016; November 30-December 16, 2016; May 8-24, 2017

Parental/Student Notification: Parents will receive notification if the results of the universal screener indicate their child meets the requirements for additional academic support and intervention(s).  If a student qualifies for instructional intervention, his/her parents will be notified of their child’s progress every 4.5 weeks.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.


Grade 2 Assessment

Purpose:  Designed to replace the SAT-10 and measure basic reading and math skills.

Grade Level/Class: 2

Description:  The Grade 2 assessment (formerly known as SAT-10) is an optional, untimed test that RCS chooses to use.  The Grade 2 assessment provides a benchmark of how students perform on the foundational skills required for success in future grades. It is criterion referenced which means it will assess Tennessee State Standards only.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window: April 24-May 5, 2017.

Parental/Student Notification: A report will be sent home five to six months after testing which will provide information comparing the achievement of Rutherford County students with the performance of students from across the nation.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.


TCAP Achievement

Purpose: 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.

  • The required social studies field test will have one subpart.

Grade Level/Class:  3-8

Description:  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.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window:  April 17-May 5, 2017

Parental/Student Notification: 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.

Due to vendor delivery issues in the 2015-16 school year, this is the first year we will be able to fully administer the new tests for grades 3–8. The scoring results will be delayed while Tennessee teachers and the department complete the scoring process during the summer. Therefore, the results for grades 3–8 will not be released until fall 2017. During future test administrations, the department will publish results for grades 3–8 and high school on a similar timeline.

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

Grades: The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s second semester grade at 20% for students in grades 3-5 and 25% for students in grades 6-12.


TCAP End Of Course (EOC) Assessments

Purpose: 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.

Grade Level/Class:  Content based - See above for specific classes.

Description: 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.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students.  They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Testing Window:  Fall Block/Summer Make-Ups November 28-December 16, 2016; Spring Block & Traditional April 17-May 5, 2017.

Parental/Student Notification: 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. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

Grades:  The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s second semester grade at 20% for students in grades 3-5 and 25% for students in grades 6-12.