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ACCESS for ELLs

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

Grade Level/Class:  K-12

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 Dates:   February 20-April 6, 2019

Testing Times: 100-120 minutes; additional 35 minutes for Grade 1 Tier A,  60 minutes for Grade 2-12 Tier A or 65 minutes for Tier B/C.

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:  Senior Retake October 16, 2018; Juniors March 12, 2019; Junior make-up date April 2, 2019

Testing Times: 175 minutes

Parental/Student Notification: Available to students and parents through their online ACT account within three to eight weeks.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

ACT® Aspire

Purpose:  This assessment provides educators with actionable insights that reflect a broader and more relevant picture of the learner.

Grade Level/Class:  8

Description: The ACT Aspire consists of five content areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Direct Writing.

Use of Data:  Domain and cluster level reporting gives educators invaluable insights into student progress, and informs ACT Aspire's predictive capacity.  Such reporting helps educators craft an overall program of instruction in five (5) content areas and place students at the appropriate level.

Tentative Dates:  November 12-16, 2018

Testing Times: English-40 min, Math-75 min, Reading-65 min, Science-60 min, Writing-40 min

Parental/Student Notification: A paper 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 typically sent home from the school within two months after testing.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

Benchmarks-School Level

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 Dates:   TBA; School level decision.

Testing Times: 55 minutes

Parental/Student Notification:  Results are provided to teachers and school administrators only.  Paper copy available upon request during the student's parent-teacher conference; October 16-18, 2018 and March 19-21, 2019.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

CogAT

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

Grade Level/Class:  2

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 17-21, 2018

Testing Times: 122 minutes

Parental/Student Notification: Schools are provided stickers to place in the student’s cumulative folder.  Results are provided to teachers and school administrators only.  Paper copy available upon request during the student's parent-teacher conference; October 16-18, 2018.

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 Dates:   Available as needed between August 1, 2018 and May 24, 2019

Testing Times: Untimed. 60-75 minutes.

Parental/Student Notification:  Test results will be available via PDF within a few days of taking the test.  The teacher will provide a copy to the adult student upon request.

Grades:  No grades are given on this assessment.

 

Grade 2 Achievement (K-2) Assessment

Purpose:  To measure basic reading and math skills.

Grade Level/Class: 2

Description:  The Grade 2 assessment (formerly known as K-2 and prior to that, SAT 10) is an optional, untimed test that RCS chooses to use.  It is a norm-referenced assessment designed to measure individual student achievement compared to national norms. The Grade 2 assessment provides a benchmark of how students perform on the foundational skills required for success in future grades. 

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: Testing window April 22-May 3, 2019

Testing Times: 244 minutes

Parental/Student Notification: A paper 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.

 

KEI (Kindergarten Entry Inventory)

Purpose:  To provide kindergarten teachers with a baseline for portfolio growth measures and other means of formative assessment.

Grade Level/Class:  Kindergarten

Description:  The KEI measures five (5) domains of student readiness.  Each domain is focused on students' acquisition of knowledge, skills, or behaviors that reflect each domain's developmental constructs.  Because there are multiple measures for each domain, the KEI provides a robust overview of the child's overall learning and developmental profile.

Use of Data:  The data collected through the KEI will help teachers and administrators ensure that all students have access to high-quality instruction and instructional support to close achievement gaps at the earliest opportunity.

Tentative Dates:  TBD; Removed from the 2018-2019 State assessment calendar.

Testing Times:  Untimed. the KEI is not an additional task for students to complete.  Teachers will observe students during the normal course of their classroom routines and activities.  Teachers will use the online KEI, web-based platform to record student ratings.

Parental/Student Notification:  A paper 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.

 

MSAA (formally Alt-PA)

Purpose:  To provide an alternate assessment aligned to the Tennessee 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 Dates:  March 18-May 10, 2019

Testing Times:  Untimed. Test administrators may pause testing to take a break at any time.  They have the entire window to complete testing.

Parental/Student Notification:  A paper 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.

 

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 Dates:   January 28 – March 8, 2019 (*randomly selected students and schools)

Testing Times:  90 minutes

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 specific populations.  These results are reported approximately six 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 2017-2018 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 9-30, 2018; December 4-19, 2018; May 1-23, 2019

Testing Times: From 1-30 minutes depending on subtest taken.  The number of subtests vary by grade level.

Parental/Student Notification: Parents will receive notification from their school 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.

 

TNReady

Purpose:  To measure skills in Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics

Grade Level/Class:  3-8; ENG I, II; ALG I, II; Integrated Math I, II, Geometry

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  All EOCs will be administered online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 3-8.

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:  Testing window April 15-May 3, 2019

Testing Times: ELA 200-216 minutes Grades 3-5; 230 minutes Grades 6-12; Math 115 minutes Grades 3-5, 125 minutes Grades 6-8, 145 minutes EOCs.

Parental/Student Notification:  A paper 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 typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades:  The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s final grade at 15% for students in grades 3-12. 

 

TCAP Social Studies and EOC US History

Purpose: To measure a student’s performance on the Tennessee state standards associated with the Social Studies and US History.

Grade Level/Class:  6-8; U.S. History

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  Grades 9-12 will test online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 6-8.

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:  Testing window April 15-May 3, 2019

Testing Times: 50 minutes Grades 3-4; 100 minutes Grades 5-8; 140 minutes for US History.

Parental/Student Notification: A paper 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 typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades: The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s final grade at 15% for students in grades 6-12. 

 

TCAP Science (Required Field Test)

Purpose: To measure a student’s performance on the Tennessee state standards associated with Science.

Grade Level/Class:  3-8; Biology

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  Grades 6-12  will test online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 3-5.

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:  Testing window April 15-May 3, 2019

Testing Times: 50 minutes Grades 3-4; 95 minutes Grades 5-8; 75 minutes for Biology.

Parental/Student Notification: A paper 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 typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades: The results of these assessments will NOT be factored into the student’s final grade as it's a required field test. 

 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Test

Purpose:  To comply with Tennessee State law T.C.A 49-6-408A requiring all students to participate in the United States Citizenship and immigration test during a student's high school career. 

Grade Level/Class:  12/Government and Civics and/or JROTC

Description:  All students receiving a regular education diploma as part of their graduation requirements will take a 25 question Civics test created by Rutherford County Schools in accordance with Tennessee State law T.C.A 49-6-408A consisting of 20 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions. A passing grade is not required to meet graduation requirements; however, all schools in which seniors receiving a regular education diploma all earn a passing grade of 70% or higher on the Civics test will be recognized by the state department of education as a U.S. Civics All-Star School.  Students may be required to take the test multiple times at the discretion of their individual high school in order to meet the U.S. Civics All-Star School requirement. 

Use of Data:  Data from the Civics test will be used to comply with Tennessee State law T.C.A 49-6-408A.  In addition, data from the Civics test will be used by individual high schools to determine changes that need to be made to the daily teaching within the Government and Civics class along with JROTC.

Tentative Dates:  Testing dates are determined by each individual high school. 

Testing Times: 60 minutes

Parental/Student Notification:  Parents and Students will be notified by the high school they attend of testing dates.  Paper copies of the score is available upon request from the student's school.

Grades:  The impact of the Civics test on a student’s classroom grade is at the discretion of each individual high school.