As required by state law districts must post a calendar of all state- and district- mandated assessments for each school year on their websites and in the district or student handbook. The information must include the following:
· Name of test
· Purpose and use of the test
· Grade or class that will take the test
· Tentative date or dates of when the test will be given
· How and when parents and students will be informed of the results of the test
For the 2015-2016 school year, the state’s new student achievement in reading, writing, and math in grades 3-11 will be the TNReady. TNReady will replace the state’s TCAP multiple-choice only tests in reading and math and will include a variety of question types as well as writing. TNReady will provide students, teachers, and parents with more detailed, accurate, and authentic information about each student’s progress and achievement in the classroom. TNReady offers parents, students, and teacher with a new and improved academic check-up each year to make sure all students are moving forward and are on track to graduate from high school and be successful in college or the workplace. TNReady is more than just a new “TCAP.” It is a new way to assess what our students know and what we can do to help them succeed in the future. Please visit the state department of education website at http://tn.gov/TNReady to learn more about this change. TNReady will be administered by paper and pencil in two parts.
The social studies EOC and achievement test will be a paperand pencil test administered in two parts for the 2015-2016 school year. These tests are given to measure student’s mastery of the Tennessee Social Studies Standards.
There are no changes to the achievement and EOC science tests. The tests will continue to be a multiple choice paper and pencil test as in the past. These tests are given to measure student’s mastery of the Tennessee Science Standards. It will be paper and pencil in one part.
At the present time, the state will distribute quick scores for EOC and achievement to West Carroll in June of 2016. For this year only, the state will allow the district to determine if quick scores, which provide teachers and parents a snapshot of student performance, will count as part of students’ grades. West Carroll will also receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in summer 2016. These reports will be distributed to parents in August 2016.