Testing / Assessment Information

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    As required by T.C.A. 49-6-6007, below is a listing of state mandated assessments and other local assessments for the 2019-20 school year.

    TCAP

    GRADE 2

    PURPOSE AND USE

     The second grade assessment is an optional test that districts can choose to administer.  This assessment will provide valuable data to both second and third grade teachers, ensuring that our youngest learners are strengthening foundational literacy and math skills early in their academic careers.

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    April 13th - May 8th, 2020  

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    Score reports from the 2019-20 school year for grade 2 will be provided to districts in fall of the next year to distribute to parents.  

     

    GRADE 2 ALT

    PURPOSE AND USE

    This test is administered to students in grade 2 with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    March 16th - May 8th, 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    Score reports from the 2019-20 school year for grade 2, alternative will be provided to districts in fall of the next year to distribute to parents.  

     

     GRADES 3-12

    PURPOSE AND USE

    The TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. 

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW 

    April 13th - May 8th, 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    Score reports from the 2019-20 school year for grades 3–12 will be provided to districts in fall of the next school year to distribute to parents.  

     

    MSAA FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

    The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is the English language arts and math assessment for students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. MSAA is administered online by the teacher.

    PURPOSE AND USE

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

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    March 16th - May 8th, 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

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

     

    TCAP ALTERNATIVE TEST FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

    TCAP-Alt is the assessment for science and social studies for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students are assessed in grades 3–8 for both science and social studies and in grade 10 for Biology. TCAP-Alt is administrated via paper by the teacher.

    PURPOSE AND USE

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

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    March 16th - May 8th, 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

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

     

    ACT

    Students in Tennessee are required to take a college entrance exam (either the ACT or SAT) in the eleventh grade. This is now a graduation requirement for student seeking a regular or honors diploma. Districts in Tennessee contract with ACT to provide an opportunity to take the ACT at their own school during the school day at no cost to the student.

    PURPOSE AND USE

    These exams are used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility. 

    ADMINISTRATION WINDOW and DATE OF ADMINISTRATION

     March 17, March 31, and April 21, of 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS & STUDENTS

    Student level reports are provided by ACT to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment.

      

    ACCESS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS

    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.

    PURPOSE AND USE

    Administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency.

     ADMINISTRATION WINDOW

    Feb 17 - April 3, 2020

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer, and will distribute these to parents in fall of the next school year. 

     

    NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF 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. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL). 

    PURPOSE AND USE

    NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation. NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. In even-numbered years, NAEP measures Tennessee student’s academic achievement against students in other states also taking this test. 

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    TBD by state department

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    The state does not provide district or student level results. 

     

    Other assessments and benchmarks administered within our district:

    STAR Reading and STAR Math

    PURPOSE AND USE

    Given to all students to identify those performing at or above grade level, and students needing intervention services. It also provides Progress Monitoring for students receiving those services.

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    Grades 1-8   Each 9 weeks to all students as a universal screener, and every two weeks as progress monitoring for students receiving services. Pre-K and and Kindergarten students are given STAR Early Literacy at the same intervals.

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    STAR Reports are sent home to parents as a hard copy, are shared at P/T conferences, and are available to parents online through Renaissance Place Home Connect. 

     

    ACT Aspire Summative Assessment

    PURPOSE AND USE

    Grades 5-8  Administered to all students to benchmark students' progress toward meeting college readiness benchmarks.

    ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

    Annually during the first semester of school

    RESULTS TO PARENTS

    Results are shared with parents during an ACT Aspire Parent Night held in conjuction with the second semester P/T Conference. Parents not attending are sent their child's results via their student.

     

    ACT Practice Tests

    All Dyersburg High School students have the opportunity to take a practice ACT, which measures college and career readiness, three times during the school year. Students will receive a copy of their score reports with individual plans for improvement four to six weeks after the test date.  Based on the results on the practice ACT tests, students may be progress monitored by ACT Aspire Interim testing and STAR testing. 

     

     

     

Contact Info

  • Julie Norville

    District Testing Coordinator

    jnorville@dyersburgcityschools.org

    731-286-3600