2016-17 Testing Dates

Additional Information

As required by T.C.A. § 49-6-6007, this is a listing of state mandated assessments for the 2016-17 school year. Specific district calendars may be found on district-level websites.

TCAP  Achievement and End of Course Tests

Grades 3-8 TCAP Achievement Assessments

Annual assessments play a key role in the teaching and learning process, and they are critical to ensure that all students are meeting higher standards and are making progress on their path to postsecondary and the workforce. The TCAP assessments are designed to provide Tennessee students, teachers, and families with better information about what students know and understand.

Each test (by subject) is divided into multiple subparts and will be administered on paper in a single administration window at the end of the school year.

  • English language arts (4 subparts) will consist of multiple choice and selected response items, as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.
  • Mathematics (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice, multiple select, equation editor, matching tables, and graphing representations.
  • Science (2 subparts) will measure current content standards and consist of multiple choice items.
  • The required social studies field test will have one subpart.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A. § 49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.  Modified assessments in Braille and large print are also provided in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990.

Purpose & Use

The TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. TCAP measures student understanding of our current state standards, not the previous SPIs with the exception of science, which is scheduled to have new assessments in the 2017-18 school year.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

Districts may select a testing window within the state’s administration window. 

  • April 17–May 5

The ELA subpart 1, which includes a written response, must be administered the first week of the administration window.

Length of Assessment

English Language Arts

  • Grades 3-5
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 75 minutes
    • Subparts 2-4: 35–50 minutes each
  • Grades 6-8
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 85 minutes
    • Subparts 2-4: 45–50 minutes each

Mathematics

  • Grades 3-5
    • Subparts 1–3: 30-45 minutes each
  • Grades 6-8
    • Subparts 1–3: 30-55 minutes each

Science

  • Grade 3
    • Subparts 1–2: 51–53 minutes each
  • Grades 4-8
    • Subparts 1–2: 47–48 minutes each

Social Studies (field test)

  • Grades 3-8
    • one subpart: 50 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

Quick score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student’s performance, are provided to districts by end of school year. These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Due to vendor delivery issues in the 2015-16 school year, this is the first year we will be able to fully administer the new tests for grades 3–8. The scoring results will be delayed while Tennessee teachers and the department complete the scoring process during the summer. Therefore, the results for grades 3–8 will not be released until fall 2017. During future test administrations, the department will publish results for grades 3–8 and high school on a similar timeline.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

Grades 9-12 TCAP End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

Each test (by subject) is divided into multiple subparts and will be administered in a single administration window at the end of the course.

  • English I, English II, and English III (4 subparts) will consist of multiple choice and selected response items as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II and Integrated Math III (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice, multiple select, equation editor, matching tables, and graphing representations.
  • Biology and Chemistry (2 subparts) will measure current content standards and consist of multiple choice items.
  • U.S. History/Geography (3 subparts) will consist of multiple choice items as well as reading from texts and providing a written response.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.  Modified assessments in Braille and large print are also provided in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990.

Purpose & Use

The TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. They measure student understanding of our current state standards, not the previous SPIs, with the exception of biology and chemistry, which are scheduled to have new assessments in the 2017-18 school year.

TCAP EOC assessments are given to help measure how much a student grows academically in a particular content area.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

Districts may select a testing window within the state’s administration window. 

Note: Subpart 1 of the English language arts and U.S. History/Geography assessments, which include written responses, must be administered the first week of the administration window.

For fall block schedules:

  • November 28 – December 16

For full year and spring block schedules:

  • April 17 – May 5

Length of Assessment

  • English I, English II, English III
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 85 minutes
    • Subparts 2–4: 45–50 minutes each
  • Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, Integrated Math III
    • Subparts 1–3: 35–55 minutes each
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
    • Subparts 1–3: 35–55 minutes each
  • Biology and Chemistry
    • One subpart 1: 75 minutes
  • U.S. History
    • Subpart 1 (writing): 50 minutes
    • Subparts 2–3: 45 minutes each

Results to Parents & Students

Quick Score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student’s performance, are provided to districts by end of school year.  These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail. Districts will receive these reports in mid-winter for tests given in the fall and in early summer for tests given in the spring. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

Special Populations

Students with Disabilities

During the 2016-17 school year, TCAP-Alternate will include the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) in English language arts and math, as well as the TCAP-Alternate assessment in science and social studies. TCAP-Alternate is an assessment based on alternate achievement standards. This assessment is appropriate for students with a significant cognitive disability as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. The MSAA is designed to be administered online by the test administrator. The TCAP-Alternate science and social studies is designed to be administrated via paper by the test administrator.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

The development of alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities is authorized under a department regulation (34 C.F.R. Part 200) published on December 9, 2003, and T.C.A § 49-1-612. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title I require inclusion of all students with disabilities in the state assessment system.

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

The operational Alternative assessments will be administered March 6 – May 12.

Districts are highly encouraged to participate in the state-wide field test of the Alternate Assessment in October 2016.

Length of Assessment

  • Students are given the assessment during class time throughout the window based on student needs and class schedules.

Results to Parents & Students

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

ACCESS for English Learners

During the 2016-17 school year, English Learners will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency. ACCESS assesses students in the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Purpose & Use

Administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

March 6 – April 21

Length of Assessment

The test is self-paced with target administration times for each section of the test as follows:

  • Listening: Up to 40 minutes
  • Reading: Up to 35 minutes
  • Speaking: Up to 30 minutes
  • Writing Tier A: Up to 45 minutes
  • Writing Tiers B/C: Up to 60 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

Additional information is posted to https://www.wida.us/membership/states/Tennessee.aspx

Additional Assessments for Specific Grades

Grade 2 TCAP Assessment

The new, optional Grade 2 assessment will be field tested in the fall of 2016 and be given operationally in the spring of 2017.

Required?

No

Applicable Federal/State Law

Not applicable – voluntary participation

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a second grade student grows academically over the course of a school year.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

April 25 – May 5

Length of Assessment

TBD

Results to Parents and Students

Because it is the first year we will be able to fully administer the new test for grade 2, the scoring results will be delayed while Tennessee teachers and the department complete the scoring process during the summer. Therefore, the results for grade 2 will not be released until fall 2017. During future test administrations, the department will publish results for grade 2, grades 3–8, and high school on a similar timeline.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more detail. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

ACT/SAT

Required

Yes; Grade 11

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A § 49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use

The ACT is used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility.

All Tennessee students receive one free voucher for either ACT or SAT; requests for vouchers should be made at the student’s school.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

ACT

  • Senior Retake ACT: October 22, 2016
    • Register by September 16, 2016
  • Statewide ACT Assessment: March 21, 2017
  • Students may also take the ACT on a national test date administered by ACT. These test dates are listed at ACT Registration | Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada.

SAT

  • Fall SAT: October 19, 2016
  • Spring SAT: March 1, 2017 or April 5, 2017 (district choice)
  • Students may also take the SAT on the dates listed at US SAT Registration.

Participation in the statewide administration of ACT or SAT counts as using a voucher.

Length of Assessment

ACT:

  • English: 45 minutes
  • Math: 60 minutes
  • Reading: 35 minutes
  • Science: 35 minutes
  • Writing: 30 minutes

SAT:

  • 25-minute essay
  • Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • 10-minute multiple choice writing section

Results to Parents & Students

For ACT, student-level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.

For SAT, student-level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by College Board. You may find information about the delivery of student level scores at SAT Scores

National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and c​ontinuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. 

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, which requires the state to participate in the biennial state academic assessments of fourth and eighth grade reading and mathematics.

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee fourth and eighth graders will take this test. This test, often called the nation’s report card, measures Tennessee’s academic achievement against other states also taking this test.
Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

January 30 – March 10

Length of Assessment

60-90 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

No student level results provided

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (eTIMSS)

Required

No

Applicable Federal/State Law

Not applicable – voluntary participation

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee fourth and eighth graders will take this test. This test provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. fourth- and eighth-grade students compared to that of students in other countries and jurisdictions.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

April – May 2017

Length of Assessment

60-90 minutes

Results to Parents and Students

No student-level results are provided.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS)

Required

No

Applicable Federal/State Law

Not applicable – voluntary participation

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee eighth graders will take this test. This test is an international comparative study that uses an innovative, computer-based assessment to evaluate students’ computer and information literacy.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

April – May 2017

Length of Assessment

60-90 minutes

Results to Parents and Students

No student-level results are provided.

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy. The assessment is given every three years. More information is available here.

Required?

No

Applicable Federal/State Law

N/A - voluntary participation

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee 15-year-old students will take this test. This test, measures Tennessee’s academic achievement against other states and countries also taking this test.

Administration Window (Tests must be given within these calendar dates)

April – May 2017

Length of Assessment

2 hours

Results to Parents and Students

No student-level results are provided.