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Assessment Committee Application for 2021

Are you an educator with ideas about a Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) test? Join us to bring those ideas to life in Tennessee’s Assessment Committees! Educators who are passionate about their subjects and students have an opportunity to have a seat at the table for how learning is measured. Assessment Committees are essential for developing and implementing Tennessee’s statewide summative assessment program. Tennessee has one of the longest-running summative assessment programs in the country, and, unlike many states, we develop and own all our Tennessee test questions. Your active involvement, along with thousands of Tennessee educators, ensures the assessment process is informed by educators and content experts who know our students, our standards, and what is needed to set each student up for future success. Several of these committees will be collaborating in 2021. There is no limit to the number of committees you may apply for: we are looking for educators who are passionate about learning in Tennessee. You may apply for one, many or all of them. Now is your chance to share your voice!

Committee Options

Below is a list of Tennessee’s assessment committees. Some committees convene more frequently than others. Whether a committee is convening this year depends on both the committee’s purpose and what questions are being developed for grades and subjects per content area. All committees that meet annually are indicated by an asterisk. If your selected committee is not meeting this year, your application will be kept on file for when it next convenes.

Do you want to make sure the TCAP assessments are appropriate for every student?

  • Bias Review Committees *– Educators review content in assessments to correct for any unintended biases, or unfair obstacles for some students not able to fully access the assessment and do their best. This committee flags where some students may have unfair advantages compared to others.  This committee helps ensure student scores measure students’ knowledge and skills, and not their background.

Do you want to have a say in what questions are asked on the TCAP assessments?

  • Content Review Committees *– In our largest committee, educators give valuable feedback on newly developed assessment questions before they are embedded into TCAP assessments for field testing. (This committee is sometimes referred to as item review.)

Do you want to pick what students are reading on reading assessments?

  • Reading Passage Review Committees *– Educators select reading passages for the Tennessee ELA TCAP assessments that are grade level appropriate, engaging for students, and can support quality analysis aligned to Tennessee’s standards.

Do you want to guide how essays are graded?

  • Range Finding Committees *– Educators determine how the Tennessee writing rubrics should be applied so that scorers have clear guidance and Tennessee-specific training on how to score student essays on ELA assessments.

Do you want to help define what student mastery should look like in your content area?

  • Performance Level and Standard Setting Committees –Educators on these committees help define what it means for a student to be on track within our TCAP assessments. Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) explain the observable evidence of student achievement across the four performance levels (Below, Approaching, On Track, and Mastered). Standard setting uses the PLDs to identify what that mastery looks like for students in each performance level, making cut score recommendations to the State Board of Education for any new or updated assessments. Some work on Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) and others use the PLDs to determine each standard for all assessed grade levels.

Want to evaluate and give TCAP assessments a grade?

  • Alignment Studies Committees – Educators aid in evaluating TCAP assessments for how well they align to Tennessee Academic Standards, to expected levels of rigor, and to the TCAP blueprints.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not a special education teacher. Can I participate in Alt Committees?

Yes. Committees for Alt testing are composed of educators with both special populations expertise and subject area expertise.  This ensures that all students receive an education that is appropriately aligned to the grade-level and course standards.

What if committees happen during the school year? 

We’ve got you covered. Panelists will receive a substitute reimbursement if a committee meets on a school day or a stipend if a committee meets when school is not in session.

Dates and Locations

As each Tennessee community is experiencing the pandemic differently, summer 2021 assessment committee meetings will be held virtually. By committing to virtual committees, we can ensure more voices are heard across the state. The department continues to work closely with vendors and health department officials monitoring the coronavirus as plans are made for fall 2021 committees. Educators will not be required to travel.  However, if fall 2021 committees do meet in person, all panelists who travel will receive mileage reimbursement for participation, and those travelling more than 50 miles will also receive hotel accommodations. All dates and locations for committees are subject to change. More detailed meeting information will be provided with invitations to participate.

Application Deadline

To ensure your application is considered for summer 2021 committees, the deadline to apply is Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The application portal will remain open after April 4 if you would like to apply in advance of fall 2021 or future year’s committees. All applicants will receive updates on the status of their application for a particular committee at least three weeks prior to the committee’s start date.

You may access the 2021 assessment committee application here.

Educators who applied for assessment committees in 2020 do not need to re-apply to be considered for the same assessment committees in 2021. Please e-mail Grace Franklin, Director of Assessment Program Management, at Grace.Franklin@tn.gov if you have any questions about the 2021 application or if you to update your 2020 application details.

Tentative Dates For 2021 Assessment Committees

While you are strongly encouraged to apply for all committees relevant to your area of expertise, where events run concurrently, you will only be invited to participate in one. 

 
 

2021 Summer Assessment Committees (All meeting virtually)

Committee Type Content Area Grade or Subject Days of Participation  (Dependent on role assigned) Start Date (Tentative) End Date  (Tentative)

Performance Levels

Science Alt

Gr. 3-8,

Biology

3 days

May 24

May 26

Content Review

Social Studies

Gr. 6,

US History

4 to 5 days

June 14

June 18

Content Review

Math

Gr. 2,

Gr. 3-5

5 days

June 14

June 18

Bias Review

Social Studies

Gr. 6-8,

US History

4 days

June 15

June 18

Bias Review

Math

Gr. 2,

Gr. 3-5

4 days

June 15

June 18

Content Review

Social Studies

Gr. 7-8

3 to 4 days

June 21

June 25

Content Review

Math

 

Gr. 6-8,

Algebra 1-2,

Integrated Math 1

5 days

June 21

June 25

Content Review

Science

Gr. 3-5,

Biology

4 to 5 days

June 21

June 25

Content Review

ELA

English 1-2

5 days

June 21

June 25

Bias Review

Math

Gr. 6-8

3 to 4 days

June 22

June 25

Bias Review

Science

 

Gr. 3-8,

Biology

4 days

June 22

June 25

Bias Review

ELA

English 1-2

4 days

June 22

June 25

Standard Setting

Science Alt

Gr. 3-8,

Biology

1 to 4 days

July 12

July 16

Content Review

Math

Gr. 6-8,

Geometry,

Integrated Math 1-3

5 days

July 12

July 16

Content Review

ELA

Gr. 2,

Gr. 3-8

4 to 5 days

July 12

July 16

Content Review

Science

Gr. 6-8

4 days

July 12

July 16

Bias Review

Math

Algebra 1-2,

Geometry,

Integrated Math 1-3

4 days

July 13

July 16

Bias Review

ELA

Gr. 2

Gr. 3-8

4 days

July 13

July 16

Content Review & Bias Review (Combined)

ELA Alt

Gr. 2

1 to 2 days

July 19

July 23

Content Review & Bias Review (Combined)

Math Alt

Gr. 2

1 to 2 days

July 19

July 23

Content Review & Bias Review (Combined)

Science Alt

Gr. 3-8,

Biology

1 to 2 days

July 19

July 23

Content Review & Bias Review (Combined)

Social Studies Alt

Gr. 6-8

1 to 2 days

July 19

July 23

2021 Fall Assessment Committees (All meeting virtually)

Committtee Type Contant Area Grade or Subject Days of Participation (Dependent on role assigned) Start Date (Tentative) End Date  (Tentative)

Range Finding

ELA

Gr. 3-8,

English 1-2

1 to 4 days

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

Thank you!

As educators, we know you are extremely busy, and we thank you for taking the time out of your day to complete this application and for your willingness to dedicate your time to improving our assessment program. Our assessment program is built on the knowledge and expertise of our Tennessee educators. Thank you for sharing your voice as we build innovative assessments together!