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Warren County Schools, TN

 "One Team, One Goal, High Levels of Learning for All"

Assessments Department

Assessment Information:

Accordion

ACCESS for ELLs

Name of Assessment:  ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)

Assessment Dates:  February 17-April 3, 2020

Purpose:  to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English

Grade Levels:  K-12

Description:  ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given annually to Kindergarten through twelfth graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  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 programs and identifies the English language proficiency levels of students with respect to the WIDA Standards levels 1-6.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in August

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

 

 

ACT (College-Ready Testing)

Name of Assessment:  ACT

Assessment Dates:  Senior Retake - TBD; Junior State Day - TBD

Purpose:  to assess students' academic readiness for college

Grade Levels:  11-12

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

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  Eligibility for Tennessee Hope Scholarship, dual credit enrollment requirement, regular diploma graduation requirement

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are available to students and parents through their online ACT account within three to eight weeks after testing

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Name of Assessment:  Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Assessment Dates: TBD

Purpose:  to measure skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies

Subject Areas:  AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Art History, AP Chemistry, AP Physics I, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP US Government, AP US History, AP World History

Description: The AP exams are final exams for the corresponding college-level course taken in high school.  Scores can be used to award credit or determine placement upon entering college.

Mandated by: Warren County Schools

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are available online through the College Board starting in July.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

Benchmark Testing

Name of Assessment:  Benchmark Testing

Assessment Dates:  Fall: TBD; Spring: TBD

Purpose:  to provide a data snapshot of a student's current performance on content knowledge at two points during the school year, in a variety of academic areas.

Grade Levels:  2-11

Description:  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.

Mandated by: Warren County Schools

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

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are shared with parents as needed.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

NAEP

Name of Assessment:  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Assessment Dates:  January 28-March 15, 2020

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, US History, and Technology & Engineering Literacy (TEL)

Grade Levels:  4; 8

Description: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationaly representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. 

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  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.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

TCAP Alternative Assessment And MSAA

Name of Assessment:  TCAP Alternative Assessment (Science & Social Studies) and Multi-State Alternative Assessment (English & Math)

Assessment Dates:  March 16-May 8, 2020

Purpose:  to provide an alternate assessment aligned to the Tennessee state standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities

Grade Levels:  3-8; 11

Description: The TCAP Alternative Assessment is used to assess science and social studies.  The Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) is the TCAP alternative assessment for reading, language arts, and math.  These tests are designed to assess students with significant cognitive disabilities and measure academic content that is aligned to and derived from content standards in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes.  These tests 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.  

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in October.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

TNReady Grade 2 Alternate Assessment

Name of Assessment:  TNReady Grade 2 Alternate Assessment

Assessment Dates:  March 16-May 8, 2020

Purpose:  to provide an alternate assessment aligned to the Tennessee state standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities

Grade Level:  2

Description:  The TNReady Grade 2 Alternative Assessment is used to assess students with significant cognitive disabilities and measure academic content that is aligned to and derived from 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.  

Mandated by: Warren County Schools

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in October.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

TNReady Grade 2 Assessment

Name of Assessment:  TNReady Grade 2 Assessment

Assessment Dates:  April 13-May 8, 2020

Purpose:  to measure skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies

Grade Level:  2

Description:  The TNReady Grade 2 Assessment 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.  

Mandated by: Warren County Schools

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in October.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

TNReady Grades 3-8 Achievement Assessment

Name of Assessment:  TNReady Grades 3-8 Achievement Assessment

Assessment Dates:  April 13-May 8, 2020

Purpose:  to measure skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies

Grade Levels:  3-8

Description: The TNReady Grades 3-8 Achievement Assessment 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.  

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in October.

Grade:  Results of these assessments will be factored into the student's final grade at 10% for students in grades 3-8 if results are received from Tennessee Department of Education by the district at least five days before the last day of school.

TNReady End of Course Assessments

Name of Assessment:  TNReady End of Course (EOC) Assessment

Assessment Dates:  April 13-May 8, 2020

Purpose:  to measure skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies

Subject Areas:  English I & II, Algebra I & II, Geometry, US History, Biology I

Description: The TNReady End of Course (EOC) Assessment 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.  

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

Use of Results:  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.

Sharing Results:  Scores and other information from this assessment are delivered to the schools for distribution in October. 

Grade:  Results of these assessments will be factored into the student's final grade at 10% for students taking an EOC if results are received from Tennessee Department of Education by the district at least five days before the last day of school.

Universal Screening

Name of Assessment:  Universal Screening using AIMSWeb, iReady and/or Star Reading

Assessment Dates:  Fall:  August 12-September 11, 2019; Winter: December 2-19, 2019; Spring: April 27-May 19, 2020

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 Levels:  K-12

Description: AIMSWeb, iReady and Star Reading are the universal screening and progress monitoring tools that Warren County will use for the 2019-2020 school year.  These are nationally-normed assessments, and Tennessee's RTI² (Response to Instruction and Intervention) framework requires all students are screened.

Mandated by: Tennessee Department of Education

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

Sharing Results:  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.

Grade:  Results are not used for student grades on this assessment.

Below is the Warren County Schools assessment calendar.  Scroll through the calendar and click on the dates that tests will be given to see the name of the assessment, the specific groups of students that will take the assessment, the purpose of the test and how the results will be used.

State Assessments Calendar

May 2019
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tue, May 21
Wed, May 22
Thu, May 23
Fri, May 24
Sat, May 25
Sun, May 26
Mon, May 27
Tue, May 28
Wed, May 29
Thu, May 30
Fri, May 31
Sat, Jun 1
Sun, Jun 2

Additional state assessment resources to help to foster greater understanding about TNReady: 
 
The Tennessee Department of Education has published guides that walk through many of the questions heard from parents and outline the changes, particularly to the timing and structure. These guides can be viewed on the TNReady Parent Resources page. 

For more information regarding student assessments in Tennessee, visit the TN Department of Education website

Kim Henegar

Director of ESL and Testing
CENTRAL OFFICE