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Assessing My Child

The following assessments are given throughout the school year.
 

Benchmarks-School Level

Purpose: To assess how schools are progressing towards meeting their academic goals.

Grade Level/Class:  Grades 3-11 for Math and RLA only; ALG I & II, Geometry, ENG I, II & III.

Description: Taken online or by paper/pencil.  The benchmark is a multiple choice assessment designed to show if students are meeting grade level expectations.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates:   TBA; School level decision.

Parental/Student Notification:  Results are provided to teachers and school administrators only.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

CogAT

Purpose: To assess the reasoning and problem-solving skills of students.

Grade Level/Class:  2

Description: CogAT is a nationally normed cognitive ability test. All three sections in CogAT are referred to as batteries and each battery consists of a set of questions that test different reasoning and problem solving abilities of a student. The three batteries are: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates:   September 18-22, 2017

Parental/Student Notification: Schools are provided stickers to place in the student’s cumulative folder and a score report is generally sent home within a month of testing.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

Grade 2 Achievement (K-2) Assessment

Purpose:  To measure basic reading and math skills.

Grade Level/Class: 2

Description:  The Grade 2 assessment (formerly known as K-2 and prior to that, SAT 10) is an optional, untimed test that RCS chooses to use.  It is a norm-referenced assessment designed to measure individual student achievement compared to national norms. The Grade 2 assessment provides a benchmark of how students perform on the foundational skills required for success in future grades. 

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates: Testing window April 23-May 4, 2018

Parental/Student Notification: A report will be sent home five to six months after testing which will provide information comparing the achievement of Rutherford County students with the performance of students from across the nation.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

Grade_2_Assessment_Brochure_Aug_2016

 

RTI Screening

Purpose:  To assess the performance and progress of all students on grade level skills and assist schools with identifying students who may need additional instructional support.

Grade Level/Class:  K-2

Description: easyCBM is the universal screening and progress monitoring tool Rutherford County will use for the 2017-2018 school year.  It is a nationally-normed assessment and a requirement of Tennessee's RTI² (Response to Instruction and Intervention) framework.

Use of Data:  Identify students who may be in need of targeted intervention in addition to their typical high-quality core instruction. 

Tentative Dates:  August, 2017; December, 2017; May, 2018

Parental/Student Notification: Parents will receive notification if the results of the universal screener indicate their child meets the requirements for additional academic support and intervention(s).  If a student qualifies for instructional intervention, his/her parents will be notified of their child’s progress every 4.5 weeks.

Grades: No grades are given on this assessment.

 

TNReady

Purpose:  To measure skills in Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics

Grade Level/Class:  3-8; ENG I, II, III; ALG I, II; Integrated Math I, II, Geometry

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  Grades 6-12  will test online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 3-5.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students.  They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates:  Testing window April 16-May 4, 2018

Parental/Student Notification:  A report concerning performance on specific objectives (criterion-referenced) and a description of student performance on academic skills based on the grade span standards (performance levels) is typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades:  The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s final grade at 15% for students in grades 3-12. 

 TNReady_Parent_Guide_2016-17

 

TCAP Social Studies and EOC US History

Purpose: To measure a student’s performance on the Tennessee state standards associated with the Social Studies and US History.

Grade Level/Class:  3-8; U.S. History

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  Grades 6-12 will test online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 3-5.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates:  Testing window April 16-May 4, 2018

Parental/Student Notification: A report concerning performance on specific objectives (criterion-referenced) and a description of student performance on academic skills based on the grade span standards (performance levels) is typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades: The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s final grade at 15% for students in grades 3-12. 

 

TCAP Science

Purpose: To measure a student’s performance on the Tennessee state standards associated with Science.

Grade Level/Class:  3-8; Biology, Chemistry

Description:  It is a criterion-referenced test which measures a student's performance according to Tennessee state standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers.  Grades 6-12  will test online while paper & pencil tests will be administered to grades 3-5.

Use of Data:  The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of their students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.

Tentative Dates:  Testing window April 16-May 4, 2018

Parental/Student Notification: A report concerning performance on specific objectives (criterion-referenced) and a description of student performance on academic skills based on the grade span standards (performance levels) is typically sent home five to six months after testing.  Initial results may be noted on the student’s report card if the quick scores can be obtained from the State in time.

Grades: The results of these assessments will be factored into the student’s final grade at 15% for students in grades 3-12.