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Travis Thompson
Director of Testing 6-12, 423-547-8000

Myra Newman
Director of Testing K-5, 423-547-8000

In accordance with Board Policy 2.103 and TCA 49-10-108, TCA 10-7-504, and TCA 49-6-6007, the state of Tennessee testing program compliments and enhances student instruction and learning and it serves the purpose of preparing students for next generation testing environments.

Assessment allows Elizabethton City Schools staff and students to measure their progress and set goals for improvement. As a district, we work hard to recognize student progress with Academic Pep Rallies, our Academic Success Wall at Elizabethton High School and other recognition. We are proud of the excellent achievement and growth at all grade levels.

Assessment Approach 2017-18

Testing Times

Parent Letter

Grade 2 Assessment

Testing Anxiety Toolkit

Cyclone Checkpoints

In the 2016-17 school year, all Elizabethton City Schools (ECS) students from 3rd grade through high school began participating in formative assessments called Cyclone Checkpoints. These formative assessments help teachers to understand what their students are learning in core subjects so they can modify lessons to meet students’ unique learning styles. This data can also be used to modify instruction on the district level.

Cyclone Checkpoints are designed and evaluated by ECS teachers to ensure students are learning and to better prepare them for summative assessments like TCAPS. They are intended for use as a benchmarking tool and are not issued or graded by the state. 

PowerSchool is our online testing vendor for these formative assessments, and parents are encouraged to take a sample test online to see what their students will see in the classroom. Check out the practice test, and enter "practice" as the Student ID. 

17-18 Cyclone Checkpoints Calendar


Parent Guide

Support for Students with Disabilities 

TNReady Brochure for Parents

Why Test?

TNReady Score Report Resource for Families
The TN Department of Education has a website to provide additional information about TNReady score reports in order to help families better understand their students' individual score reports, as well as next steps for supporting their students' academic progress. The website includes detailed explanations of each section of the individual score report and links to additional resources. Learn more on the TNReady Score Report webpage.

Online Testing Phase-In
This school year (2017-18), high school students began online testing statewide, and online testing is optional in grades 5-8. Next year, grades 5-12 will all test online with an option of online or paper testing in grades 3 and 4. 

Online Testing Demo
Online TNReady testing is still relatively new across the state, and to help parents and students get familiar with the Nextera assessment platform, a public demo is now avialable (here). The public demo can help students and parents become familiar with what the tests will look like, as well as the types of questions that might appear to students on their tests (like multiple choice, drag and drop, etc.). The questions in the public demo represent a sample of items from various grade levels and content areas. Students can check and see if their answers are correct by using the provided answer key.

It is not meant to be a demonstration of content, as there are a limited number of items available for math, English language arts, and science. An answer key is provided for each subject area. For the online demo, you will be able to choose from a list of accommodations to get a feel for how they affect the testing environment. These accommodations on the official test are controlled by the student's IEP or 504 plan and cannot be turned on by the student. These need to be added to a student's profile before testing begins (please talk to a teacher or school administrator if you need more information about testing accommodations).

More info about TDOE Online Testing 


Visit the ACT & SAT webpage on the EHS website.