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Assessment Updates 

Details regarding Knox County and State mandated assessments for the 2016-2017 school year are available under "State and District Required Assessments".  
2016-2017 Assessment Calendars 

Resources Available

TDOE has posted on their website (here) samples of integrated items in mathematics for a few grade levels and sample writing items for social studies in grades 5–8. The examples showcase how these item types will appear in TNReady during the April/May administration window. 

The following documents are available for review from TDOE and provide valuable information about Student Assessment in Tennessee. 

ACT Test Administration Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors for SY1617 

TN Statewide ACT Assessment: March 21, 2017 (Make-ups - April 19, 2017) This test administration will be open to all Juniors and also to Seniors who have never taken the ACT.
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. 
Seniors with no prior ACT participation may also request a voucher from their schools for two additional dates: December 10, 2016 or June 10, 2017. (Note: Seniors who qualify for an ACT fee waiver may use the fee waiver to test on any national test date.)
Juniors who are unable to test on the TN Statewide ACT Assessment on March 21, 2017 or the make-up date of April 19, 2017 may request a voucher from their schools for the National ACT test date of June 10, 2017 only.
Students should see their school counselor for more information.  
Click here for a document detailing "Steps for Registering Online for the ACT" provided by TDOE.  

 Assessment Blueprints

The Tennessee Department of Education website  has published assessment blueprints for 2016-17. 


TDOE awards statewide testing contract to QUESTAR.  

Assessment Vendor

Additional details from TDOE are available at this link

TN Ready Parent Resources

TNReady Information
  • TDOE TNReady webpage is available at this link.
  • TNReady English Language Arts is detailed at this link
  • TNReady Mathematics is detailed at this link.
  • TNReady Science is detailed at this link.
  • TNReady Social Studies is detailed at this link
  • Blueprints: Assessment blueprints are designed to show educators a summary of what will be assessed in each grade, including the approximate number of items that will address each standard. This resource is designed to help educators as they plan for the upcoming school year. Information is available at this link from TDOE.
  • Social Studies and Math Sample Item Release link.
  • 2016-17 Assessment FAQ (Website link)
  • Parent Guide to Being TNReady for the 2016-17 school year (download here) / Spanish - 2016-17  Guía para Padres de Familia Sobre TNReady (download here
  • Supplemental Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities (download here) / Spanish - Guía para Padres de Familia Sobre Apoyo Para Estudiantes con Discapacidades en TNReady (download here
  • TDOE has shared assessment accommodation guidelines for the 2016-17 school year on their website here 
  • Why Test? is a one page handout that explains the high level role of assessments (download here)

Assessment Contacts

Laurie Driver  


Laurie Driver

Supervisor of Assessment 
(865) 594-1735 Office

Beth Boston

Beth Boston

Assessment Specialist
Assistant to Laurie Driver, Supervisor of Assessments 
(865) 594-1735 Office
(865) 594-1609 Fax 

Department of Research, Evaluation and Assessment (REA)

The Department of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (REA) is a multi-faceted team that serves the district. REA is comprised of the Supervisor of Research and Evaluation, the Supervisor of Assessment, a senior data analyst, a data analyst, and  an accountability specialist.  The department is responsible for state accountability measures, administration of all district-wide assessments, program evaluation, researching curricular data, communicating data to appropriate stakeholders across the district, and providing its analytical expertise to assist school leaders in making student-centered, data-driven decisions.  In addition to these responsibilities, the REA team also serves as the gateway for external organizations requesting access to data from the Knox County Schools to include in third-party research.

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