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://www.tn.gov/education/assessment.html

Tennessee academic standards are accessible on the state’s web site, please visit
https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.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 28, 2021 – March 15, 2021; 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; scheduled for April 12, 2021 – May 6, 2021
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 mathematics 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 TNReady, 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 2020–2021 school year.

Universal Screener
Grades K-5; Reading/Math — Fall (September 14-25), Winter (November 30-December 11) and Spring Administration (Feb. 15-26); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October 5-9), Winter (December 7-11), Spring (April 5-9); RTI2 Assessment Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading, math and social-emotional behavior. Universal screenings assist schools with identification of students who may need more intensive/strategic support or other types of instruction/intervention. CMCSS has adopted FastBridge (Illuminate Education) as its universal screening measure. For more information on the Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the district RTI2 hub 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 three district level common unit assessments in math and reading.  Third through fifth grade students also have district level assessments in science and social studies at the end of each content unit throughout the school year. Kindergarten students participate in the state portfolio model and these assessments are used to determine student mastery and growth.

BRIGANCE Assessment
Grades: PreK and Kindergarten; Scheduled for September 3 – 18, 2020 and May 3 – 14, 2021

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 28, 2021 – March 15, 2021; 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; scheduled for April 12, 2021 – May 6, 2021
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 mathematics 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 TNReady, please visit state assessment website at https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready.html

Universal Screener
Grades 6-8; Reading/Math — Fall (September 14-25), Winter (November 30-December 11) and Spring Administration (Feb. 15-26); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October 5-9), Winter (December 7-11), Spring (April 5-9); RTI2 Assessment Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading, math and social-emotional behavior. Universal screenings assist schools with identification of students who may need more intensive/strategic support or other types of instruction/intervention. CMCSS has adopted FastBridge (Illuminate Education) as its universal screening measure. For more information on the Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the district RTI2 hub at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/rti2/home

Benchmark and Common Assessments
Grades 6-8: District common unit 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, science and social studies at the end of each content unit throughout the school year, as well as a CASE benchmark in English language arts. All district unit assessments and the CASE benchmark will be administered online. Math, science and social studies will complete assessments through Performance Matters; English language arts will complete assessments through the textbook platform, StudySync. The CASE benchmark will be administered on the CASE assessments platform . The windows for CASE benchmark assessments are: Oct. 19- Oct. 23, Dec. 14-Dec. 21, and Feb. 16-Feb. 19.

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 2, 2021; National Assessment
Senior Retake; scheduled for October 6, 2020; 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; scheduled for April 12, 2021 – May 6, 2021
High school TNReady assessments are timed assessments. English I and English II each consist of four sections, three multiple choice 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 28, 2021 – March 15, 2021; 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; Reading/Math — Fall (September 14-25), Winter (November 30-December 11) and Spring Administration (Feb. 15-26); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October 5-9), Winter (December 7-11), Spring (April 5-9); RTI2 Assessment Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments in reading, math and social-emotional behavior. Universal screenings assist schools with identification of students who may need more intensive/strategic support or other types of instruction/intervention. CMCSS has adopted FastBridge (Illuminate Education) as its universal screening measure and uses this data in conjunction with other factors in an Early Warning System (EWS). For more information on the Universal Screener and RTI2, please visit the district RTI2 hub 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 various platforms including CASE assessments for ELA and math and Performance Matters for science and history. The windows for common assessments are:

  • Physical Science and Biology IA Benchmark I (Units 1-3): November 20-30
  • Biology Benchmark I (Units 1-3): November 10-17
  • Chemistry Benchmark I (Units 2-4): November 23-December 1
  • English I, II, and III Module A: November 5-6, 2020
  • Algebra I Unit 1-4: November 16-20, 2020
  • Geometry Units 1-4 :November 16-20, 2020
  • US History:  November 5-6, 2020
  • Algebra II Units 1-3: November 16-20, 2020
  • English I, II, and III Semester Exam: December 16-21, 2020
  • Algebra I & II, Geometry Semester Exams: Dec 16-21, 2020
  • Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry Semester Exam: December 16-21 2020
  • World History, US History, Economics, Government Semester Exam: December 17-20, 2020
  • US History: March 4-5, 2021
  • English I, II, and III: March 4-5, 2021
  • Geometry Units 1-9: March 22-26, 2021
  • Physical Science Benchmark II (Units 7-9): March 24-30, 2021
  • Biology Benchmark II (Units 5-7): March 15-19, 2021
  • Biology IA Benchmark II (Units 5-7): April 7-3, 2021
  • Chemistry Benchmark II (Units 7-9): April 5-9, 2021
  • Algebra I Units 1-9 : March 22-26, 2021
  • Algebra II Units 1-8: March 22-26, 2021

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