Houston County Schools Assessment

Last Updated: 4/13/2020 10:10 PM

The following tests will be administered during the 2020-2021 school year.  For comprehensive information on Tennessee assessments, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's website.

 

TNReady/TCAP Testing Times by Grade/Subject may be found at Tennessee Department of Education's Testing Times website.

 

Testing information is currently being updated for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The information below is current as of April 13, 2020.

 

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 

Brigance K-1 Screener

Entering Kindergartners; May 2021

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.

 

STAR Assessments: STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, STAR Math

Grades PreK-5;  August 3-August 14, 2020; Quarterly

STAR Assessments are administered at the start of each school year to all students in order to determine student need and placement in intervention tiers.  Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention.  The tests are also administered quarterly as benchmark assessments to determine if students are progressing as expected in reading and math skills.  For more information on STAR assessments see the Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments

 

iReady Math

Grades K-5; August 3- August 14, 2020; Ongoing

iReady is a mathematics diagnostic test administered to all students at the start of the school year to identify student needs down to the sub-skill level.  Student performance determines placement in intervention tiers.  Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention.  iReady provides ongoing progress monitoring that shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. 

 

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

Entering Pre-K Students; May 2021

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; April 12- May 6, 2021

TCAP is a group of state-mandated achievement tests given in the areas of English-Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, Social Studies(Social Studies is paused for 2019-2020) 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 more information on TNReady, see the TN Ready Parent Resources.

 

Grade 2 State Assessment

Grade 2; April 12- May 6, 2021

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 15- April 30, 2021

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 15 - April 30, 2021

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.
 

WIDA ACCESS for English Learners

English Learners; February 16 - March 26, 2021

English Learners (EL) will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency.  ACCESS assesses students in the four-language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

STAR Assessments: STAR Reading, STAR Math

Grades 6-8;  August 3-August 14, 2020; Quarterly

STAR Assessments are administered at the start of each school year to all students in order to determine student need and placement in intervention tiers.  Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention.  The tests are also administered quarterly as benchmark assessments to determine if students are progressing as expected in reading and math skills.  For more information on STAR assessments see the Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments

 

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Tests- TNReady

Grades 6-8;  April 12- May 6, 2021

TCAP Achievement are state-mandated assessments given in the areas of English-Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, 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 more information on TNReady, see the TN Ready Parent Resources.

 

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)

Grades 6-8; March 15- April 30, 2021

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 15- April 30, 2021 

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.

 

WIDA ACCESS for English Learners

English Learners; February 16 - March 26, 2021

English Learners (EL) will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency.  ACCESS assesses students in the four-language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

STAR Assessments: STAR Reading, STAR Math

Grades 9-12: August 3-August 14, 2020; Ongoing

STAR Assessments are administered at the start of each school year to students in order to determine student need and placement in intervention tiers.  Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention.  The tests are also administered as benchmark assessments to determine if students are progressing as expected in reading and math skills.  For more information on STAR assessments see the Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments.

 

ACT

Grade 12:  September 22, 2020 and Grade 11: March 2, 2021 (Make-up March 16, 2021)

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 30 - Dec 17, 2020; Spring: April 12- May 6, 2021

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, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S.. History, and Biology.  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 more information on TNReady, see the TN Ready Parent Resources.  Please see Houston County High School's webpage for specific administration dates of each subject. 

 

Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)

Grades 11; March 15- April 30, 2021

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 Biology; March 15- April 30, 2021

Students with the most severe cognitive disabilities will participate in the state-mandated TCAP-Alt in Biology.  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. 

 

WIDA ACCESS for English Learners

English Learners; February 16 - March 26, 2021

English Learners (EL) will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency.  ACCESS assesses students in the four-language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.