The following tests will be administered during the 2023 - 2024 school year. For comprehensive information on Tennessee assessments, please visit the Tennessee Department of Educations website.
TCAP testing time by grade/subject may be found at Tennessee Department of Educations testing times website.
|Assessment Name||Administration Date/Window||Subject(s)||Grade(s)||Purpose|
|TCAP Achievement||April 15 - 30, 2024||English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies||3 - 5||TCAP Achievement are state-mandated assessments given in the areas of English-Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, and Science to measure student understanding and proficiency of state content standards. Quick Score results of these assessments will be factored into a student’s final grade in accordance with T.C.A. §49-1-302 and determined by Houston County School Board policy. Proficiency results from the achievement tests will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year.|
|TCAP Grade 2 Achievement||April 15 - 30, 2024||English Language Arts and Math||2||This is an optional state achievement test that measures student proficiency toward content standards in Reading and Math. Results are returned to the district during the summer of the concluding year. Scores will be communicated to parents via an Individual Performance Report sent home at the start of the following school year.|
|Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA)||February 5 - May 17, 2024||English Language Arts and Math||2 - 8; 11||The MSAA is an state-mandated, alternative assessment for the TCAP Achievement tests in English-Language Arts and Math. It is designed for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. Students who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.|
|TCAP - Alternative||March 11 - April 26, 2024||Science and Social Studies||2 - 8; 10||Students with the most severe cognitive disabilities will participate in the state-mandated TCAP-Alt in Science and Social Studies. Individuals who will participate in this assessment will have it documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents will receive a report of the results of this assessment with explanations of proficiency levels.|
|WIDA ACCESS for English Learners||February 5 - March 29, 2024||Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing||K - 12||English Learners (EL) will take the ACCESS for ELLs to determine language proficiency. ACCESS assesses students in the four-language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.|
|Brigance K-1 Screener||May 2024||Entering Kindergartners||The Brigance is administered locally to all students entering kindergarten. It measures basic skills in academics/cognition, motor, and language to assess school readiness and determine specific strengths and weaknesses. The Brigance is locally administered and scored. Screening results are shared with parents/guardians at the end of the Kindergarten registration process.|
|STAR Assessments||July 31 - August 11, 2023 ; Quarterly||Early Literacy, Reading, and Math||PreK - 5||STAR Assessments are administered at the start of each school year to all students in order to determine student need and placement in intervention tiers. Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention. The tests are also administered quarterly as benchmark assessments to determine if students are progressing as expected in reading and math skills. For more information on STAR assessments see the Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments.|
|iReady Math||July 31 - August 11, 2023; Ongoing||Math||K - 5||iReady is a mathematics diagnostic test administered to all students at the start of the school year to identify student needs down to the sub-skill level. Student performance determines placement in intervention tiers. Parents are notified via letter if their child requires intervention. iReady provides ongoing progress monitoring that shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.|
|Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL-4)||May 2024||Entering Pre-Kindergarten||The DIAL-4 is administered locally to all students applying and registering for the Voluntary Pre-K class. It measures early skills in the areas of motor, speech and language, concepts, self-help, and social development. The DIAL-4 is locally administered and scored. Results from this assessment will be shared with parents upon entering the Pre-K class.|