2017-18 Assessment Updates
This summer the State Department of Education announced how they're streamlining our assessments to provide a better testing experience for you and your students. Below are several changes to our assessment structure for the coming year.
· Eliminated Part I. All TCAP tests will be administered in one assessment window at the end of the year, which will be April 16–May 4, 2018.
· Phase in online tests over multiple years. For the upcoming school year, the state assessments for grades 3–8 will be administered via paper and pencil. High school testing will be completed online.
Our state tests serve multiple objectives:
- They provide feedback about students’ academic progress and how it aligns with grade-level expectations, providing parents and teachers a big-picture perspective about how a student is progressing compared to peers across the district and state, including a student’s strengths and growth opportunities.
- This builds confidence and transparency about students’ readiness for college and the workforce among Tennessee universities and employers and holds us accountable to serving all students fairly.
- Assessments help educators strengthen instruction and reflect on their practice, and allow us to highlight schools where students are excelling, so we can learn from those who are doing well.
- State assessments also help inform decisions at the state level and help state and district leaders determine how to allocate resources, better invest in schools, and identify where we may need to offer additional support.
You can find more detailed information in the FAQ (here). Also be sure to check out the Parent Guide for Being TNReady for additional information.
Below are the testing calendars for Trenton SSD mandated by the State Dept. of Education:
Trenton Elementary - 2017-18 Testing Calendar
Trenton Rosenwald Middle School - 2017-18 Testing Calendar
Peabody High School - 2017-18 Testing Calendar
You may click on the links below for more information from the TNDOE: