Houston County Schools Testing and Assessment

The following tests will be administered during the 2016-2017 school year.  For comprehensive information on Tennessee assessments, please visit the Department of Education’s website.  The state department has developed an updated Parent Guide to Being TNReady for the 2016-17 school year (here) and a supplemental Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities (here). They also have a one-page handout (here) that explains the high level role of assessments and a new FAQ webpage (here) that provides additional information for parents and teachers.

The information below is current as of March 16, 2017.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 

Brigance K-1 Screener

Entering Kindergartners; April 20 & 21, 2017

The Brigance is administered locally to all students entering kindergarten.  It measures basic skills in academics/cognition, motor, and language to assess school readiness and determine specific strengths and weaknesses.  The Brigance is locally administered and scored.  Screening results are shared with parents/guardians at the end of the Kindergarten registration process.
 

Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (DIAL-4)

Entering Pre-K Students; May 4 & 5, 2017

The DIAL-4 is administered locally to all students applying and registering for the Voluntary Pre-K class.  It measures early skills in the areas of motor, speech and language, concepts, self-help, and social development.  The DIAL-4 is locally administered and scored.  Results from this assessment will be shared with parents upon entering the Pre-K class.

 

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)- TNReady

Grades 3-5;

EES- April 17-19 & 24-27, 2017 & May 1-3, 2017

TRES- April 18 & 25-27, 2017 & May 2, 2017

TCAP is a group of state-mandated achievement tests given in the areas of English-Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science to measure student understanding and proficiency of state content standards.  Quick Score results of these assessments will be factored into a student’s final grade in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 and determined by Houston County School Board policy.  Proficiency results from the achievement tests will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year. For further information about the assessment, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.

 

TNReady Social Studies Field Test

Grades 3-5;

EES- April 24 & 25, 2017

TRES- April 28, 2017

The Social Studies field test will be a part of the TCAP achievement tests.  Field tests will be used to inform future test design—the information is used to development future assessments using authentic student data.   It will be used to check the quality and appropriateness of test items, administration procedures, scoring, and/or reporting.  Student performance will not be reported.  For more information about the field test, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.   

 

Grade 2 State Assessment

Grade 2;

EES- April 24-27, 2017 & May 1 & 2, 2017

TRES April 25-28, 2017 & May 1 & 2, 2017

This is an optional state achievement test that measures student proficiency toward content standards in Reading and Math.  Results are returned to the district during the summer of the concluding year.  Scores will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year. 

 

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)

Grades 3-5; March 6- May 12, 2017

The MSAA is an state-mandated, alternative assessment for the TCAP Achievement tests in English-Language Arts and Math.  It is designed for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.  Students who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels. 

 

Tennessee Comprehensive Achievement Program Alternative Assessment (TCAP-Alt)

Grades 2-5; March 6- May 12, 2017

Students with the most severe cognitive disabilities will participate in the state-mandated TCAP-Alt in Science and Social Studies. Individuals who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.
 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL
 

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Tests- TNReady

Grades 6-8; April 17-26, 2017

TCAP Achievement are state-mandated assessments given in the areas of English-Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science to measure student understanding and proficiency of state content standards.  Quick Score results of these assessments will be factored into a student’s final grade in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 and determined by Houston County School Board policy.  Proficiency results from the achievement tests will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year. For further information about the assessment, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.

 

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)

Grades 6-8; March 6- May 12, 2017

The MSAA is an state-mandated, alternative assessment for the TCAP Achievement tests in English-Language Arts and Math.  It is designed for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.  Students who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.

 

Tennessee Comprehensive Achievement Program Alternative Assessment (TCAP-Alt)

Grades 6-8; March 6- May 12, 2017

Students with the most severe cognitive disabilities will participate in the state-mandated TCAP-Alt in Science and Social Studies. Individuals who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels. 

 

TNReady Social Studies Field Test

Grades 6-8; April 19, 2017

The Social Studies field test will be a part of the TCAP achievement tests.  Field tests will be used to inform future test design—the information is used to development future assessments using authentic student data.   It will be used to check the quality and appropriateness of test items, administration procedures, scoring, and/or reporting.  Student performance will not be reported.  For more information about the field test, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education website

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL
 

ACT

Grade 11; April 19, 2017 (Make-up May 3, 2017)

The ACT is a state-mandated, diagnostic assessment that measures a student’s readiness for college in the areas of English, Math, Reading, and Science.  ACT will provide reports approximately six weeks after the test administration.  For more information on the ACT, please visit the ACT website.

 

End of Course (EOC) Exams

Grades 9-12; Block Schedule; Fall: Nov 28- Dec 16, 2016; Spring: April 17- May 1, 2017

End of Course exams are state-mandated assessments that measure student understanding and proficiency of state content standards in a given course.  EOC exams are administered to students enrolled in the following courses: English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S.. History, Biology, and Chemistry.  Quick Score results of these assessments will be factored into a student’s final grade in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 and determined by Houston County School Board policy.  Proficiency results from EOC exams will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year.  For further information about the assessment, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.  Please see Houston County High School's webpage for specific administration dates of each subject. 

 

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)

Grades 9-12; TBD

The MSAA is an state-mandated, alternative assessment for the TCAP Achievement tests in English-Language Arts and Math.  It is designed for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.  Students who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.

 

Tennessee Comprehensive Achievement Program Alternative Assessment (TCAP-Alt)

Grade 10; March 6- May 12, 2017

Students with the most severe cognitive disabilities will participate in the state-mandated TCAP-Alt in Social Studies/U.S. History. Individuals who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.