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
https://accountability.cmcss.net/

Tennessee academic standards are accessible on the state’s web site please visit:
https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment.html

Information about curriculum standards and assessments is available on the following websites
https://www.cmcss.net/testing/

CMCSS curriculum navigator is available on the district’s web site please visit
https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/cmcssparentacademicresources/home

Elementary School Assessments

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Grades 4th, 8th, and 12th; scheduled for January 2019 – February 2020; 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/naep.html

TCAP TNReady Test
Grades 3-8; English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year;
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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready.html

TCAP 2nd Grade (Optional to Districts)
CMCSS will not be participating in the TCAP 2nd Grade during the 2019–2020 school year.

Universal Screener
Grades K-5; Beginning of year (BOY) August 13-August 31, 2019, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 1-November 20, 2019, and End of the Year (EOY) March 4-15, 2020; 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 is currently in the process of adopting a new universal screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/rti2/home

Common Assessments
Common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with grade level standards. First through fifth grade students will take common unit assessments in math, reading, and social studies at the end of each content unit throughout the school year. Students will also participate in two science performance tasks during the school year.

BRIGANCE Assessment
Grades: PreK and Kindergarten; Scheduled for August 15–September 17, 2019 and April 17 – May 18, 2020
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.

WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February 16, 2021 – March 26, 2021
WIDA Access, an English Language proficiency assessment, is administered to all K-12 students identified as NELB [non-English Language Background] upon the arrival in the district. The summative assessment, which identifies the growth in English Language acquisition is administered to all K-12 EL students in the spring of the academic year. https://wida.wisc.edu/assess/access

Middle School Assessments

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Grades 4th, 8th, and 12th; scheduled for January 2019 – February 2020; 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/naep.html.

Grades 3-8; English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies has been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year;
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. In the 2019–2020 school year, students in grades 6 through 8 will complete the TNReady science assessment online and the TNReady assessments in math, English, and social studies on paper. 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready.html

Universal Screener
Grades 6-8; Beginning of year (BOY) August 8-August 17, 2019, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 26-November 30, 2019, and End of the Year (EOY) March 18-March 22, 2020; 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 is currently in the process of adopting a new universal screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/rti2/home

Benchmark and Common Assessments
Grades 6-8: Benchmark and common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with grade level standards. Sixth through eighth grade students will take common unit assessments in math, English language arts, and social studies at the end of each content unit throughout the school year, as well as a district writing benchmark. Sixth through eighth grade students will also take district assessments in science three times per year. 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 1 – October 18, 2019; December 6 – December 19, 2019; and March 4 – March 15, 2020

Writing: November 28 – December 4, 2019

WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February 16, 2021 – March 26, 2021
WIDA Access, an English Language proficiency assessment, is administered to all K-12 students identified as NELB [non-English Language Background] upon the arrival in the district. The summative assessment, which identifies the growth in English Language acquisition is administered to all K-12 EL students in the spring of the academic year. https://wida.wisc.edu/assess/access

High School Assessments

ACT
Grade 11; scheduled for March 12, 2018; National Assessment
Senior Retake; scheduled for October 2, 2017; 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/act-sat.html

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, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, and U.S. History have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year;
High school TNReady assessments are timed assessments. English I and English II each consist of four sections, three multiple choie sections and one section designed to assess writing. Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II each consist of three multiple choice sections, one section of non-calculator items and two sections that allow calculator usage. Biology consists of one multiple choice timed section. U.S. History consists of three timed sections, two multiple choice and one section designed to assess student knowledge through writing. 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready.html

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 2019 – February 2020; 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 https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/naep.html

Universal Screener
High School; Beginning of year (BOY) August 8-August 17, 2018, Middle of the Year (MOY) November 26-November 30, 2019, and End of the Year (EOY) March 18-March 22, 2020; RTI2 Assessment
Universal screenings rate 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 through RTI2 services. CMCSS is currently in the process of adopting a new universal screener. For more information on Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the state website at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/rti2/home

Common Assessments
Common assessments are used to help identify student mastery and areas of need associated with the standard expectations at each grade level. Students in core content courses (English I, II, II, Algebra I, II, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History) will take common unit assessments and a common midterm assessment. All common assessments will be administered through paper and pencil administration or online using the PowerSchool assessment platform. The windows for common assessments are:

  • Physical Science, and Biology/Biology IA Benchmark I (Units 1-3): October 17-26
  • Chemistry Benchmark I (Units 1-4): October 17-26
  • English I, II, and III Module A: October 1-5, 2019
  • Algebra I Unit 2: September 13-25, 2019
  • Geometry Unit 2: September 12-24, 2019
  • US History Units 1 and 2: October 22-23, 2019
  • Algebra II Unit 2: September 18-28, 2019
  • US History, English I, II, & III, and Writing Practice: October 29 – November 2, 2019
  • English I, II, and III Module B Semester Exam: December 14-20, 2019
  • Algebra I & II, Geometry Semester Exams: Dec 12-20, 2019
  • Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry Semester Exam: December 17-20, 2019
  • World History, US History, Economics, Government: December 17-20, 2019
  • US History Units 5 and 6: March 7-8, 2020
  • English I, II, and III Module C: March 4-8, 2020
  • Geometry Unit 7: January 24 – February 5, 2020
  • Physical Science Benchmark II (Units 8-10): March 25-29
  • Biology Benchmark II (Units 6-8): March 6-15, 2020
  • Biology IA Benchmark II (Units 6-8): March 13-22, 2020
  • Chemistry Benchmark II (Units 7-8): February 27 – March 8, 2020
  • Algebra I Unit 8: February 8-21, 2020
  • Algebra II Unit 7: February 11-22, 2020

WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February 16, 2021 – March 26, 2021
WIDA Access, an English Language proficiency assessment, is administered to all K-12 students identified as NELB [non-English Language Background] upon the arrival in the district. The summative assessment, which identifies the growth in English Language acquisition is administered to all K-12 EL students in the spring of the academic year. https://wida.wisc.edu/assess/access