Testing and Assessment Information

Testing / Assessment Information
As required by T.C.A. 49-6-6007, below is a listing of state mandated assessments and other local assessments for the 2022-2023 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 17th - May 2nd, 2023

RESULTS TO PARENTS

Score reports from the 2022-23 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 13th - April 28th, 2023

RESULTS TO PARENTS

Score reports from the 2022-23 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 17th - May 5th, 2023

RESULTS TO PARENTS

Score reports from the 2022-23 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 13th - April 28th, 2023

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 administered 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 13th - April 28th, 2023

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 a graduation requirement for students 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

Fall 2022 Senior Retake - October 18, 2022

Spring 2023 (Juniors): March 7, 2023

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 13 - April 3, 2023

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

October 10 - December 16, 2022

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 as a Universal Screener to determine 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.                                                                                                              

CASE Benchmark Assessments

PURPOSE AND USE

 

Given to all students in grades 3-5 ELA and Math, 6-8 ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and all EOC to determine progression in mastery of grade level standards.  

 

ADMINISTRATIVE WINDOW

 

Benchmark 1 - September 26-October 14, 2022

Benchmark 2 - December 1-20, 2022

Benchmark 3 - February 27 - March 17, 2023


ACT Practice Tests
All Dyersburg High School students and Dyersburg Middle School 8th graders 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. 
 
Contact Info
Seela Newbill
District Testing Coordinator
snewbill@dyersburgcityschools.org
731-286-3630