2020-2021 Assessment Calendar

Test (grade level(s) involved)Subject(s) Tested

Purpose and

Use of the Test

Test FormatTesting Date(s)/WindowScore Return
i-Ready (K-8) diagnostic and RTI2 universal screenerReading and Math  Given to all K-8 students to identify those performing at or above grade level and students needing intervention servicesComputer-based; multiple-choice items.  Approx. 45-60 minutes in length per subject.Administered three times yearly (* with an optional 4th for 3-8) - 
  • Aug. 3 - Aug. 14, 2020

  • Nov. 16 - Nov. 24, 2020
  • * Feb. 17 - Feb. 26, 2021
  • April 26 - May 4, 2021
No grades are given. Results will be shared with teachers and parents in order to inform instruction and/or support RTI2 activities.
MasteryConnect Interim Assessment (6-HS)Math and ELA. Additional subjects can be assessed at the school's discretion.Given to all students, 6-HS, to evaluate mastery of subject standards at a school district level relative to the level of mastery determined at the individual student/classroom level.Computer-based; computer-scored and open response scored items.  Approx. 45-60 minutes in length per subject.Administered three times yearly -
  • September 28 -October 2
  • December 7 - December 11
  • March 8 - March 12
No grades are given.  Student results are used by teachers to inform instructional decisions moving forward.  Sharing with students to mark progress is encouraged.
CommonLit Interim Assessment (6-HS)6-HS ELA/English classes.Given to all students, 6-HS, to evaluate mastery of subject standards at a school district level relative to the level of mastery determined at the individual student/classroom level.

Computer-based; computer-scored and open response scored items.  Approx. 45-60 minutes in length.Administered three times yearly - 
  • Sept. 14 - Sept. 18, 2020
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2020
  • Feb. 22 - Feb. 26, 2021
No grades are given.  Student results are used by teachers to inform instructional decisions moving forward.  Sharing with students to mark progress is encouraged.
ACT (11-12)Reading, Math, English, and ScienceThe ACT assessment provides valuable information regarding student achievement and readiness for postsecondary opportunities. Paper-basedState-wide test day for 2020 Juniors - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Senior retake day - 
Saturday, December 12, 2020
 

State-wide test day for 2021 Juniors - Tuesday, March 2, 2021


The ACT student report includes student’s proficiency level in English language arts (ELA), Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), understanding complex texts, and progress towards career readiness. It also includes suggested colleges and career areas based on student’s scores and career interests, as indicated on the ACT.

MSAA and TCAP-Alt (science and social studies) Alternative Assessment

(3-HS)
Reading and Math (MSAA); Science and Social Studies (TCAP-Alt)The TN state assessment for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.  To measure academic achievement with modified academic standards.MSAA - computer-based; TCAP-Alt - paper-based.  All multiple-choice questions.Tuesday, March 23 - Friday, April 30, 2021Test results will be sent home to parents in the fall semester of 2021.
WIDA Access (K-HS)Reading, Speaking, Listening, and WritingTN state assessment that evaluates the English proficiency of English Language Learner (ELL) students.Given online for grades 2-8 or with a proctor for grades K-1.Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Friday, April 3, 2021 (TDOE window)Test results will be sent home to parents in the fall semester of 2021.
TCAP - TNReady (3-8) and EOC (HS) state assessments3-8 - ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies

HS - Eng. I & II, Alg. I & II, Geometry, Biology, and U.S. History
TN state assessment that helps to measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year and to measure student achievement levels.Paper-basedFall window: Monday, Nov. 30 - Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 (TDOE window for EOCs) Spring window: Monday, April 12 - Thursday, May 6, 2021 (TDOE window for TNReady and EOCs) If available prior to the end of the school year, student results on required TCAP assessments will account for 15% of a student's final grade.
Test results will be sent home to parents in the fall semester of 2021.


A document copy of the Blount County Schools 2020-2021 assessment calendar can be accessed here.