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Testing and Assessments


This information is provided to inform parents and students of assessment practices that are used in addition to classroom or unit tests given by individual teachers. Grade level or school-wide assessments are administered throughout the school year to measure progress toward achieving content proficiency and to identify areas of strength and challenge at the student, school, and district level. These measurements allow CMCSS to provide instruction tailored to the needs of the individual student while meeting the standards set by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Assessment information is available on the state’s website please visit
http://tn.gov/education/section/assessment

Tennessee academic standards are accessible on the state’s web site please visit
http://tn.gov/education/topic/academic-standards

CMCSS curriculum navigator is available on the district’s web site please visit
http://curriculum.cmcss.net/public/index.aspx


Grades 3-8 (ELA, math, science, and social studies) April 16-May 4, 2018
English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry April 16-May 4, 2018
 

Elementary School Assessments


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Grades 4th, 8th, and 12th; scheduled for January 2018 – March 2018; National Assessment
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national assessment with results representative of what students across the United States know and can do in various subject areas. The assessments are administered periodically online and in pencil/paper format in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, US History, technology, and engineering literacy. For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), please visit http://tn.gov/education/topic/naep.


TCAP TNReady Test
Grades 3-8; English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are scheduled for April 16-May 4, 2018; State Assessment;
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) TNReady assessment for English language arts is a four-part timed assessment with one section designed to assess writing. The TCAP TNReady assessment for math is a three-part timed assessment with one section consisting of non-calculator items. The TCAP TNReady test for science standards is a timed assessment consisting of two parts. The TCAP TNReady social studies is a timed assessment consisting of two parts. The results of these examinations will be factored into the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 (2). For more information on the TCAP Achievement Test, please visit state assessment website at http://tn.gov/education/section/assessment.


TCAP 2nd Grade (Optional to Districts)
CMCSS will not be participating in the TCAP 2nd Grade during the 2017–2018 school year.


Universal Screener
Grades K-5; Beginning of year (BOY) August 14-September 1, 2017, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 1-December 15, 2017, and End of the Year (EOY) February 26-March 9, 2018; RTI2 Assessment
Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading and math. Universal screenings help schools identify students who may need more support or other types of instruction. CMCSS utilizes Path Driver for Math and Reading as the Universal Screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at http://tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe2-rti-family.


Benchmark and Common Assessments
Benchmark and common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with grade level. Second through fifth grade students will take common unit assessments in math and reading at the end of each content unit throughout the school year and benchmarks in social studies and science. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will also take benchmark assessments in RLA, math, and writing. Benchmarks will be administered as paper/pencil assessments and administered throughout the 2017–2018 school year as follows:
Science: 3-5 BMK1, October 16-October 25, 2017
Writing: 1-5, November 20-December 1, 2017
Science: 3-5 BMK2, January 16-January 26, 2018
RLA: 3-5, March 12-16, 2018
Math: 3-5, March 12-16, 2018
Science: 3-5 BMK3, March 14-March 23, 2018


BRIGANCE Assessment
Grades: PreK and Kindergarten; Scheduled for August 16–September 18, 2017 and April 23–May 22, 2018
The BRIGANCE Screen III is a norm-referenced assessment designed to screen skills which are critical predictors of school success, including physical development, language, academic/cognitive, self-help, and social-emotional skills.


Middle School Assessments


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Grades 4th, 8th, and 12th; scheduled for January 2018 – March 2018; National Assessment
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national assessment with results representative of what students across the United States know and can do in various subject areas. The assessments are administered periodically online and in pencil/paper format in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, US History, technology, and engineering literacy. For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), please visit http://tn.gov/education/topic/naep.


TCAP TNReady Test
Grades 3-8; English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are scheduled for April 16-May 4, 2018; State Assessment;
The TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) TNReady assessment for English language arts is a four-part timed assessment with one section designed to assess writing. The TCAP TNReady assessment for math is a three-part timed assessment with one section consisting of non-calculator items. The TCAP TNReady test for science standards is a timed assessment consisting of two parts. The TCAP TNReady social studies is a timed assessment consisting of two parts. The results of these examinations will be factored into the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 (2). For more information on the TCAP Achievement Test, please visit state assessment website at http://tn.gov/education/section/assessment.


Universal Screener
Grades 6-HS; Beginning of year (BOY) August 7-August 18, 2017, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 16-November 21, 2017, and End of the Year (EOY) March 12-March 16, 2018; RTI2 Assessment
Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading and math. Universal screenings help schools identify students who may need more support or other types of instruction. CMCSS utilizes Path Driver for Math and Reading as the Universal Screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at http://tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe2-rti-family.


Benchmark and Common Assessments
Benchmark and common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with grade level. Sixth through eighth grade students will take common unit assessments in math, reading/language arts, and social studies at the end of each content unit throughout the school year. Sixth through eighth grade students will also take benchmark assessments in science and writing. All common unit assessments and science benchmarks will be administered online through PowerSchool Assessment. The writing benchmark will be administered as a paper/pencil assessment. The windows for benchmark assessments are:
Science: October 2 – October 18, 2017; November 27 – December 6, 2017; and March 12 – March 21, 2018
Writing: November 28 – December 4, 2017


High School Assessments


ACT
Grade 11; scheduled for March 21, 2017; National Assessment
Senior Retake; scheduled for October 22, 2016; National Assessment

The ACT college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. For more information on the ACT, please visit http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-test/.


AP (Advanced Placement)
Grade 10-12; dates posted on AP website; National Assessment
Advance Placement courses and exams provide students the opportunity to complete challenging college level courses while in high school. Colleges and universities grant program placement and course credit for students achieving high scores on advance placement exams. For more information on AP please visit the AP website at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home.


High School TCAP TNReady test
Grades 9-12; English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History are scheduled for April 16-May 4, 2018; State Assessment;
High School TNReady assessment are timed assessments. English I, English II, and English III each consist of four sections with one section designed to assess writing. Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II each consist of three sections with one section consisting of non-calculator items. Biology and Chemistry each consist of one timed section. U.S. History consists of three timed sections. The results of these examinations will be factored into the student’s grade at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 (2). For more information on the TCAP Achievement Test, please visit http://tn.gov/education/section/assessment.


United States Civics test
All high school students in Tennessee are required to take a United States civics test. In CMCSS, students will take the Unites States Civics test either in US Government & Civics or in JROTC II. (Tennessee State Board of Education, High School Policy, 2.103, revised 10/31/2014.)


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Grades 4th, 8th, and 12th; scheduled for January 2018 – March 2018; National Assessment
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national assessment with results representative of what students across the United States know and can do in various subject areas. The assessments are administered periodically online and in pencil/paper format in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, US History, technology, and engineering literacy. For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), please visit http://tn.gov/education/topic/naep.


Universal Screener
Grades 6-HS; Beginning of year (BOY) August 7-August 18, 2017, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 16-November 21, 2017, and End of the Year (EOY) March 12-March 16, 2018; RTI2 Assessment
Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading and math. Universal screenings help schools identify students who may need more support or other types of instruction. CMCSS utilizes Path Driver for Math and Reading as the Universal Screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at http://tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe2-rti-family.


Common Assessments
Common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with grade level. Students in courses with EOCs (English I, II, II, Algebra I, II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History) will take common midterm assessments. All common midterm assessments and common unit assessments will be administered through paper and pencil administration or online through the Canvas assessment platform. The windows for common assessments are:
Biology Units 1-3 and Chemistry Units 1-2: September 28 – October 17, 2017
English I, II, and III Module A: October 2-6, 2017
Algebra I and Geometry Unit 3: October 4-20, 2017
US History Units 1 and 2: October 5-6, 2017
Algebra II Unit 3: November 1-9, 2017
US History, English I, II, & III, and Writing Practice: November 27 – December 7, 2017
English I, II, and III Semester Exam: December 8 – 15, 2017
US History, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Biology, and Chem. Semester Exams: Dec 12–15, 2017
US History Units 5 and 6: February 28 – March 1, 2018
English I, II, and III Module C: March 5 – 9, 2018
Geometry Unit 9: March 7-16, 2018
Biology and Chemistry Units 7 – 9: March 8 – 21, 2018
Algebra I Unit 9: March 14 – 23, 2018
Algebra II Unit 9: March 19 – April 4, 2018