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)
Test window, January TBD, 2022 – March TBD, 2023; Dates will be updated after NAEP test dates are confirmed.
Select schools will assess students in grade 4 in math and reading; Duration – about 2 hours.  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, please visit https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/naep.html

TCAP Achievement grades 3-5, State Assessment
Test window, April TBD, 2023 – May TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar. All Spring 2023, grade 3-5
Achievement (ACH) exams will be paper-based. The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) ACH assessment for English language arts is a four-part timed assessment with one section designed to assess writing skills. The assessment for mathematics is a three-part timed assessment with one section consisting of non-calculator items. The science timed assessment consists of two parts. The social studies timed assessment consists 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 ACH, please visit the 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 2022–2023 school year.

Universal Screener
Grades K-5; Reading/Math — Fall (August TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (January TBD – TBD, 2023) and Spring Administration (April TBD-TBD, 2023); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (December TBD-TBD, 2022), Spring (March TBD-TBD, 2023); The 2022-2023 CMCSS Universal Screener assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Universal Screener Assessment Calendar.  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.

WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023; The CMCSS WIDA Access testing dates will be updated after the release of the TDOE assessment calendar.
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

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and TCAP-Alt Science and Social Studies (TCAP-Alt) Test window, March TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar.
Tennessee currently offers the following alternate assessments:  [Required] The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in ELA/writing and mathematics (Grades 3–8, 11) and [Required] The TCAP-Alt for Science and Social Studies (Grades 3–8,  Grade 10 Science)The alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education federal regulations and guidance. A student must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the primary disability must be recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The term “significant cognitive disability” is not a category of disability. It is a designation given to a small number of students with disabilities for purposes of their participation in the state assessment program, and if determined to have this disability, all of the follow statements must be true as determined by the student’s IEP team.

The three eligibility criteria that students must meet in order to be eligible for the alternate assessments are:

  1. The student has a significant cognitive disability.
  2. The student is learning content linked to (derived from) Tennessee Academic Standards.
  3. The student requires extensive direct individualized instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains in the grade- and age-appropriate curriculum.

More information on eligibility requirements for alternate assessments is available here.

A student eligible to participate in the alternate assessment will be assessed on all four content areas—ELA, math, science, and social studies.

MSAA Format
The assessment is designed to be administered online; however, depending on students’ individual needs, some students will interact directly with the computer while others will interact with printed materials prepared by the test administrator. The test includes built-in supports to ensure students can respond as independently as possible.  Most of the items are selected response, but some items are constructed response. The assessment includes two mathematics sessions and four ELA sessions with approximately 35–40 total items.

TCAP-Alt Format
TCAP-Alt is in a paper-and-pencil format. The teacher reads test questions to the student and transcribes the student’s answer choice on a scannable form.  Each assessment (science and social studies) will include 20–30 multiple choice questions. Each question has 2–3 possible correct answer choices.

Middle School Assessments

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Test window, January TBD, 2022 – March TBD, 2023; Dates will be updated after NAEP test dates are confirmed.

Select schools will assess students in grade 8 in math and reading, US History and civics; Duration – about 2 hours.  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, please visit https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/naep.html

TCAP Achievement (ACH) grades 6-8, State Assessment
Test window, April TBD, 2023 – May TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar.
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) ACH assessment for English language arts is a four-part timed assessment with one section designed to assess writing. The assessment for mathematics is a three-part timed assessment with one section consisting of non-calculator items. The science timed assessment consists of two parts. The social studies timed assessment consists 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 ACH, please visit the state assessment website at https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/tnready.html

Universal Screener
Grades 6-8; Reading/Math — Fall (August TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (January TBD – TBD, 2023) and Spring Administration (April TBD-TBD, 2023); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (December TBD-TBD, 2022), Spring (March TBD-TBD, 2023); The 2022-2023 CMCSS Universal Screener assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Universal Screener Assessment Calendar.  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 and math. All district unit assessments and the CASE benchmarks will be administered online. Math, science and social studies will complete unit assessments through Performance Matters; English language arts will complete unit assessments through the textbook platform, StudySync. The CASE benchmarks will be administered on the enCASE assessments platform .

WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023; The CMCSS WIDA Access testing dates will be updated after the release of the TDOE assessment calendar.
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

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and TCAP-Alt Science and Social Studies (TCAP-Alt) Test window, March TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar.
Tennessee currently offers the following alternate assessments:  [Required] The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in ELA/writing and mathematics (Grades 3–8, 11) and [Required] The TCAP-Alt for Science and Social Studies (Grades 3–8,  Grade 10 Science)The alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education federal regulations and guidance. A student must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the primary disability must be recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The term “significant cognitive disability” is not a category of disability. It is a designation given to a small number of students with disabilities for purposes of their participation in the state assessment program, and if determined to have this disability, all of the follow statements must be true as determined by the student’s IEP team.

The three eligibility criteria that students must meet in order to be eligible for the alternate assessments are:

  1. The student has a significant cognitive disability.
  2. The student is learning content linked to (derived from) Tennessee Academic Standards.
  3. The student requires extensive direct individualized instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains in the grade- and age-appropriate curriculum.

More information on eligibility requirements for alternate assessments is available here.

A student eligible to participate in the alternate assessment will be assessed on all four content areas—ELA, math, science, and social studies.

MSAA Format
The assessment is designed to be administered online; however, depending on students’ individual needs, some students will interact directly with the computer while others will interact with printed materials prepared by the test administrator. The test includes built-in supports to ensure students can respond as independently as possible.  Most of the items are selected response, but some items are constructed response. The assessment includes two mathematics sessions and four ELA sessions with approximately 35–40 total items.

TCAP-Alt Format
TCAP-Alt is in a paper-and-pencil format. The teacher reads test questions to the student and transcribes the student’s answer choice on a scannable form.  Each assessment (science and social studies) will include 20–30 multiple choice questions. Each question has 2–3 possible correct answer choices.

High School Assessments

ACT – National Assessment
Senior Retake – October 4, 2022; Grade 11 – March 7, 2023

CMCSS ACT administration dates will be updated after the national and TDOE schedules are released and confirmed.
The ACT is a comprehensive college readiness assessment and is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool. It covers a wide range of subjects that assess students’ mathematical skills, grammar usage, science interpretation, and reading comprehension. Results from college readiness tests like ACT are often used to determine eligibility for scholarships, including the Tennessee HOPE scholarship. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-6001, 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).
CMCSS provides students one free ACT assessment as a junior and a second free opportunity as a senior.  For more information on the ACT, please visit https://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/act-sat.html

Advanced Placement (AP), National Assessment
Test window, May TBD-TBD, 2023, for students in grades 10-12; Specific dates are posted on the AP website. These dates will be updated after the National AP schedule is updated and confirmed.
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://apstudents.collegeboard.org/exam-calendar

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Test window, January TBD, 2022 – March TBD, 2023; Dates will be updated after NAEP test dates are confirmed.

Students in grades 9-12 are not scheduled for this assessment in the 2021-2022 school year
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 END OF COURSE (EOC), State Assessment
Test window, April TBD, 2023 – May TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar.

Based on successful verification tests, we will administer tests online, computer-based for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) EOC assessment for English language arts is a four-part timed assessment with one section designed to assess writing. The TCAP EOC assessment for mathematics is a three-part timed assessment with one section consisting of non-calculator items. The test for science standards is a timed assessment consisting of two parts. The social studies test 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 EOC, please visit state assessment website at 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.)

Universal Screener
High School; Reading/Math — Fall (August TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (January TBD – TBD, 2023) and Spring Administration (April TBD-TBD, 2023); Social/Emotional SAEBRS – Fall (October TBD-TBD, 2022), Winter (December TBD-TBD, 2022), Spring (March TBD-TBD, 2023); The 2022-2023 CMCSS Universal Screener assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Universal Screener Assessment Calendar. 

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 the standard expectations at each grade level. Students in core content courses (English I, II, Algebra I, II, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History) will take common benchmark assessments twice a year. 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.

 WIDA Access for EL students
Grades K-12; summative scheduled for February TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023; The CMCSS WIDA Access testing dates will be updated after the release of the TDOE assessment calendar.
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

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and TCAP-Alt Science and Social Studies (TCAP-Alt) Test window, March TBD, 2023 – April TBD, 2023;The 2022-2023 CMCSS assessment windows will be updated after the release of the TDOE Assessment Calendar.
Tennessee currently offers the following alternate assessments:  [Required] The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in ELA/writing and mathematics (Grades 3–8, 11) and [Required] The TCAP-Alt for Science and Social Studies (Grades 3–8,  Grade 10 Science)The alternate assessments are based on alternate achievement standards in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education federal regulations and guidance. A student must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the primary disability must be recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The term “significant cognitive disability” is not a category of disability. It is a designation given to a small number of students with disabilities for purposes of their participation in the state assessment program, and if determined to have this disability, all of the follow statements must be true as determined by the student’s IEP team.

The three eligibility criteria that students must meet in order to be eligible for the alternate assessments are:

  1. The student has a significant cognitive disability.
  2. The student is learning content linked to (derived from) Tennessee Academic Standards.
  3. The student requires extensive direct individualized instruction and substantial supports to achieve measurable gains in the grade- and age-appropriate curriculum.
  4. More information on eligibility requirements for alternate assessments is available here.
  5. A student eligible to participate in the alternate assessment will be assessed on all four content areas—ELA, math, science, and social studies.

MSAA Format
The assessment is designed to be administered online; however, depending on students’ individual needs, some students will interact directly with the computer while others will interact with printed materials prepared by the test administrator. The test includes built-in supports to ensure students can respond as independently as possible. Most of the items are selected response, but some items are constructed response. The assessment includes two mathematics sessions and four ELA sessions with approximately 35–40 total items.

TCAP-Alt Format
TCAP-Alt is in a paper-and-pencil format. The teacher reads test questions to the student and transcribes the student’s answer choice on a scannable form. Each assessment (science and social studies) will include 20–30 multiple choice questions. Each question has 2–3 possible correct answer choices.