2020-21 Tests and Assessments Overview

2020-2021 Tests and assessments overview

新皇冠体育盘口The information below details the applicable federal or state law and purpose and use of each assessment MNPS plans to administer in the 2020-21 school year.


STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOLS

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TCAP/TNReady (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) Achievement Test 3-8 TCAP assessments measure a student’s skills in English-Language Arts, math, science and social studies. Test results are used in teacher, school and district accountability with the State of Tennessee and the Federal Government. Results also may count for up to 15% of a student’s final grade in those subjects. Mid-April – Early-May “Quick score” results are typically available soon after the test is given so teachers can calculate final grades. Later the state releases more detailed individual student reports. These are distributed by district office staff to schools and shared with families in the fall.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN HIGH SCHOOLS

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TCAP/TNReady End of Course Exams Students enrolled in certain high school level classes. These assessments measure a student’s skills in high school English, Integrated Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and U.S. History. Test results are used in teacher, school and district accountability with the State of Tennessee and the Federal Government. Results also may count for up to 15% of a student’s final grade in those subjects. Mid-April – Early-May “Quick score” results are typically available soon after the test is given so teachers can calculate final grades. Later the state releases more detailed individual student reports. These are distributed by district office staff to schools and shared with families in the fall.

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENTS

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TCAP Alt / MSAA Assessment 3-11 This assessment is designed for students with significant intellectual disabilities. It is based on a different set of content standards than the TCAP test. Parents/guardians and educators decide whether a student should take the assessment based upon his or her individual needs. March-April The state releases individual student reports with details of performance. These are distributed by district office staff to schools and then shared with families.

CITIZENSHIP/CIVICS

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U.S. Civics Exam 11-12 Students are required to pass a United States civics exam in order to graduate with a regular high school diploma. School schedules as necessary, with a deadline for completion of mid-March. Results are available soon after the test is given. School staff decide when and how to share the results with students and parents.

COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

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ACT 11-12 The ACT is a college readiness test utilized by hundreds of colleges and universities. It also helps determine which students are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship from the state. Learn more here. September and March Student-level reports are provided 3-8 weeks after the test is given.

SCREENINGS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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MTSS Universal Screener(FAST) K-11 MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Student Supports) is an instructional support system designed to give students the individual support they need to learn, no matter where they stand academically. It includes periodic assessments to identify each student’s specific needs in reading, writing and math so he or she can get the appropriate level of instruction. August, January and May Student-level reports should be shared with parents by the school. Students who take part in intervention will receive regular progress reports for parents.
WIDA ACCESS Screener K-12 The WIDA ACCESS Screener is given to students who speak a language other than English at home. It is used to help determine which kind and level of English language support they need. It also helps us know in which level to place students for the annual state test, the WIDA Access for English Learners. Administered to English Learner students at the time of enrollment. Tests are scored by MNPS employees and the results are given to parents immediately.
WIDA ACCESS for English Learners K-12 This assessment helps determine language proficiency of English Learner students. It is the test the state gives every year to measure student performance in English language proficiency. Mid-February - early April The state releases individual student reports with details of performance. These are distributed by district office staff to schools and then shared with families.

NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS

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National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) Varying grades in selected schools only. NAEP is only given to a small number of Tennessee students in selected schools. It is a national test designed to help measure Tennessee’s academic performance against that of other states. That is why it is called "the nation’s report card." January - March (exact dates to be determined by state) Results are not shared at the student, school or district level. State-level results are posted online six months after the test is given.

DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS

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ELA and Math Performance Tasks 2-11 for ELA, 3-11 for Math These assessments are used at three points throughout the school year to measure student progress in mastering state academic standards. They help teachers, principals and district staff make decisions about instruction and resources as they work to meet year-end academic goals. September, December and March Results are available soon after the test is given. School staff decide when and how to share the results with students and parents.
NWEA MAP - Reading and Math 2-9 MAP is a computer adaptive, interim and personalized assessment that precisely measures student progress and growth in reading and math. It includes a parent communication component and will allow MNPS to compare students’ growth in reading and math on a national scale. August, November and February Results are available soon after the test is given. School staff decide when and how to share the results with students and parents.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION, DUAL CREDIT, AND ADVANCED ACADEMICS ASSESSMENTS

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Industry Certification Exams 10-12 Industry certifications (IC) are earned through secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs and courses that are focused on robust, career-aligned learning pathways. TBD Based upon specific industry certification
Dual Credit Exams 10-12 Students enrolled in statewide dual credit courses take the online challenge exam which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students who meet or exceed the exam “cut score” receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. TBD Results are provided through the online testing platform upon completion of the exam.
International Baccalaureate Exams 11-12 The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, provides high school students the opportunity to take a rigorous, pre-university course of studies. IB courses are aligned to internationally benchmarked exams which provide opportunities for students to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school. April-May Results are available in July for the May exams.
Advanced Placement Exams 9-12 The Advanced Placement (AP) exams are designed to measure how well students have mastered the content and skills in their AP courses. Students who earn a qualifying score on an AP Exam can receive credit for the corresponding course at most accredited colleges. May Results are available in July for the May exams.
Cambridge International Exams 10-12 The Cambridge AICE Diploma is designed for students worldwide. The high school A and AS Level courses, available only through approved Cambridge International Schools, provide students the opportunity to earn postsecondary credit that is accepted by colleges in the U.S. and abroad. TBD Results are available in August for the spring exams.