ASSESSMENT UPDATES

ACT Information / Links for SY1718

  • ♦ ACT Test Administration Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors for SY1718

     
    Juniors -
    • TN Statewide ACT Assessment: In-school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. This test administration will be open to all Juniors (and Seniors who have never taken the ACT). 
     
    Seniors -
    • Senior Retake Day: In-school on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • TN Statewide ACT Assessment: In-school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Seniors who missed all prior opportunities to test at school may also take the ACT for the first time in the spring with Juniors on an in-school, state testing date.)
     
    ACT Fee Waiver Program - Students (Juniors or Seniors), regardless of previous ACT participation, who meet ACT’s guidelines for “economically disadvantaged” may request up to two fee waivers from ACT to take the test on a national test date free of charge. Students should check with the school counselors for details. 

    ACT   ACT Main Website

    ACT TN TestingACT TN Website Link

    • ACT TN Senior Retake Website Link
    • The ACT TN Spring Website Link
    • ACT Toolkit – Resources for educators, students, and parents to guide planning and preparation
    • A Path of Choice – A guide to building a postsecondary-going culture in your school and community
    • The ACT Connections document (here) demonstrates how Tennessee Academic Standards and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards connect throughout a student’s K–12 education.

    ACT Administration Guidelines for 2017-2018 - Document Link

    ACT Senior Retake Opportunity - Document Link

    Using Pearson Access Next for the ACT Test - Document Link

    Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) Guide - Document Link

    ACT Policy for Supporting English Learners - Document Link

Good Information to Know (Resources)

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

    • TDOE - Student Assessment in TN link
    • 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
    • Assessment Blueprints for 2017-18. Assessment blueprints show a summary of what will be assessed in each grade, including the approximate number of items that will address each standard. link
    • 2017-18 Assessment FAQ (link)
    • Social Studies and Math Sample Item Release link. TDOE has posted (website link) 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 administration window. 
    • Why Test? is a one page handout that explains the high level role of assessments (download here)
    • Testing Times
    • Assessment Calendar from TDOE
    • Assessment Calendar - Knox County
    • Parent Guide to Being TNReady (document link)
    • Assessment Vendor - Assessment Vendor   

TN Ready Parent Resources

  • TNReady Score Report Resource for Families

    TDOE has created a website providing families with additional information about TNReady score reports. Click here to view the website.

Assessment Contacts

  • Laurie Driver  

     

    Laurie Driver

    Supervisor of Assessment and High School Counselors
    (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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