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Assessment

Contact:
Travis Thompson 
(Contact)
Director of Testing 6-12, 423-547-8000

Myra Newman (Contact)
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.


TNReady/TCAPs (Grades 3-12)

Each subject-area test is divided into multiple subparts and will be administered during one testing window at the end of the school year. This test is required. Score reports from the 2017-18 school year for grades 3–8 will be provided to districts in fall 2018 to distribute to parents.

  • English language arts (4 subparts) will assess the Tennessee Academic Standards through literary and informational texts requiring students to demonstrate the ability to read closely, analyze text, answer text-dependent questions, provide a written response to a prompt, and demonstrate command of the English language. Additionally, in grades 3 and 4, fluency, comprehension, and listening skills are measured.
  • Mathematics (3 subparts) will consist of both calculator permitted and calculator prohibited subparts. It assesses the Tennessee Academic Standards requiring students to demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, number sense, fluency, problem solving and an understanding of the grade-level horizontal coherence embedded within the standards. The mathematics test will focus approximately 70 percent of the assessment items on major work of the grade and approximately 30 percent of the items on supporting work.
  • Science (1 subpart in grades 3-4; 2 subparts in grades 5-8) will assess the current Tennessee Academic Standards requiring students to demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of scientific concepts in Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science.
  • Social studies (1 subpart in grades 3-4; 2 subparts in grades 5-8) will assess the current Tennessee Academic Standards for social studies requiring students to demonstrate historical awareness, geographical understanding and the ability to analyze primary source documents.

TNReady Resources

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 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 available (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 


TCAP Grade 2 Optional Assessment

The Grade 2 optional assessment measures student mastery of the Tennessee Academic Standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. This test is not required, but school systems may opt to use the test. This test is given to help measure how much a second grade student grows academically over the course of a school year. Grade 2 assessment results from the 2017-18 school year will be released to parents and students in summer 2018.

  • The English language arts (ELA) assessment uses an integrated format to measure student progress through literary and informational texts requiring students to demonstrate the ability to read closely, analyze text, answer text-dependent questions, provide a written response to a prompt, and demonstrate command of the English language. Additionally, it measures fluency, comprehension, and listening skills.
  • The mathematics assessment will focus approximately 70 percent of the assessment items on major work of the grade and approximately 30 percent of the items on supporting and additional work. Student mastery of math fluency, ability to problem solve, and understanding of the grade-level standards will be assessed. Further, students will be assessed on their ability to connect topics across the grade-level domains.

TCAP Grade 2 Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities

The TCAP Grade 2 Alternate assessment is the English language arts and math assessment for students in grade 2 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The grade 2 Alternate assessment is administered via paper by the teacher. The test is not required, however,  if a district opts to administer the TCAP grade 2 Alternate Assessment, they must also administer the grade 2 Alternate Assessment to eligible students. This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.


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 understand what their students are learning in core subjects so they can modify lessons to meet students’ unique learning styles. This data also informs curriculum decisions at 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. 

Cyclone Checkpoint Testing Calendar

Elementary

  • October 10 – 31 (fall break is 10/15-19)
  • December 3 – 14
  • March 5 – 19

Middle and High School

  • October 10 – 31 (fall break is 10/15-19)
  • March 5 – 19