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TNReady Parent Guide 2017-18

TCAP Achievement Testing

PURPOSE:  The statewide assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. includes grade level tests for students enrolled in Grades 3-8 and End of Course tests for students enrolled in courses aligned to the first three English courses required for high school graduation and the first three mathematics credits required for high school graduation. TNReady is a part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and is designed to assess true student understanding, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. It is a way to assess what our students know and what we can do to help them succeed in the future. Students in third through eighth grade take TNReady assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies at the end of each school year. This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.  Additional information may be found at or at for grade level specific testing information.  The state assessment schedule may be found at Assessment calendar_2017-18.pdf.

Online Testing
Tennessee will phase in online administration over multiple years to ensure both state and local technology readiness. For the upcoming school year 2017-2018, online testing is required for high school students. The state assessment for grades 3–8 will be administered via paper and pencil. The department will work closely with Questar on the Nextera platform to provide online testing for high school End of Course exams for Algebra I/II, Geometry, English I/II/III, and U.S. History.
*The writing portions of assessments will be administered during the first week of the window.

Field Test
Approximately one-half to one-third of schools and districts will be required to participate in field tests on a rotating basis every two to three years.

Grade 2 Assessment: April 23th-May 4th
Grade 2 Alt. Assessment: March 19-May 11(tentative)
Grades 3-8 English; Math, Science & Social Studies
SPRING:  April 16th-May 4th
EOC’s Grades 9 –12  English I/II/III, Algebra I/II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry I, U.S. History/Geography
FALL:  November 27, 2017-December 15, 2017
SPRING:  April 16, 2018-May 4, 2018
RESULTS TO PARENTS & STUDENTS – Quick Score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student’s performance, are provided to districts by end of school year. These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards. Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more details in midwinter for tests given in the fall. Districts expect to receive these reports in early summer for tests given in the spring. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

NAEP to be given at Parsons Elementary
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is given to 4th & 8th graders. Each student selected will be assessed in only one subject writing, math, or reading. The NAPE is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. The results are released as part of The Nation’s Report Card. For more information about NAEP visit:
*At the present time Decatur County Schools has not received notification of NAEP selection for the 2017-2018 school year.

PURPOSE & USE - Administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency.
March 5 – April 20 (determined by school)
Per federal law, states are required to assess the English proficiency of all English learners students. Additionally, states are required to annually measure English learners' progress in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
English learners (ELs) are assessed each year with an assessment called ACCESS 2.0. (Note: Tennessee has partnered with a non-profit organization called WIDA since 2014-15 in order to measure the English proficiency levels of EL students. ACCESS 2.0 is a WIDA-developed assessment.)
The results from ACCESS 2.0 are used in accountability measures and to provide districts with information to determine EL placement in courses; student results on ACCESS 2.0 guide decisions regarding student participation in content area classrooms, as well as their need for English as a Second Language (ESL) services. Results from this assessment also provide districts and schools with valuable information to evaluate the effectiveness of their programming and support for ELs.
For a additional information

PURPOSE & USE - These exams are used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility.
Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-6001, all public school students must participate in a postsecondary readiness assessment such as the ACT.
To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, students enrolled in Tennessee public schools during their eleventh grade year must complete the ACT or SAT prior to graduation (see High School Policy 2.103).

Statewide ACT Assessment 11th Grade and Seniors who have NOT taken the ACT

ACT Junior Test -- April 3

ACT Junior Make-up day -- April 25

ACT is optional for grades 9, 10, and 12, unless a Senior needs it to meet graduation requirements. Students in 9 – 12 may take the ACT multiple times during the year. These test dates and fees are listed at ACT Registration | Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada.

ACT Senior Retake
Seniors will get a second opportunity to take the ACT during the school day on October 17th.



Contact Information:

Decatur County Board of Education

Rhonda Mitchell, Director

59 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 369

Decaturville, TN 38329


Phone: (731) 852-2391

Fax: (731) 852-2960