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-5) diagnostic and RTI2 universal screenerReading and Math  Given to all K-5 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 - 
  • Aug. 1 - Aug. 17, 2018
  • Dec. 3 - Dec. 19, 2018
  • March 19 - April 5, 2019

No grades are given. Results will be shared with teachers and parents in order to plan instruction and/or RTI2 activities.
STAR 360 (6-9) universal screenerReading and MathGiven to all 6-9 students to identify those performing at or above grade level and students needing intervention servicesComputer-based; multiple-choice items.  Approx. 30-45 minutes in length per subject.Administered three times yearly -
  • Sept. 4 – Sept. 14, 2018
  • Nov. 19 – Dec. 5, 2018
  • February 11 – February 22, 2019

No grades are given.  Results will be shared with teachers and parents in order to plan instruction and RTI2 activities.
MasteryConnect Interim Assessment (6-9)Reading and Math.  Additional subjects can be assessed at the school's discretion.Given to all students, 6-9, 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 -
  • Sept. 17 - Sept. 28, 2018
  • Dec. 3 - Dec. 14, 2018
  • March 19 - March 29, 2019
No grades are given.  Student results are used by teachers to inform instructional decisions moving forward.  Sharing with students to mark progress is encouraged.
International Early Learning Study (IELS)Language/literacy, math/numeracy, self-regulation, and social-emotional skillsThis is a study of 5-year-olds that will allow the U.S. to compare the skills and competencies of our children to their peers in other countries. 30-minute assessment; administered on tablets.Nov./Dec. 2018 (exact date TBD).Individual student's performance will not be shared with teachers, school, or the district in any way.
ACT (11-12)Reading, Math, English, and ScienceThe ACT assessment provides valuable information regarding student achievement and readiness for postsecondary opportunities. Paper-basedSenior retake day - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

State-wide test day for Juniors - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

(makeup date Wednesday, April 24)


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.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (4 & 8)Reading and MathNAEP serves as the common assessment for determining academic progress for all states across the nation.Computer-based; administered by NAEP representatives under the supervision of the school.Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (Rockford, 4th Grade)

Thursday, March 7, 2019 (Union Grove Middle, 8th Grade)
NAEP does not report results to students, schools, or the district.  All reporting of NAEP testing is made public on The Nation's Report Card website.

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 19 - Friday, May 3, 2019 (tentative window)Test results will be sent home to parents in the fall semester of 2018.
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.Monday, March 4 - Friday, April 19, 2019 (tentative window)Test results will be sent home to parents in the fall semester of 2018.
TCAP - TNReady (3-8) and EOC (HS) state assessments3-8 - ELA, Math, Science (field test), 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.Computer-based; computer scored and open response scored items, with the possibility of paper-based assessment with lower grade levels.Monday, April 15 - Friday, May 3, 2019 (14-day tentative window). Length of each grade/subject level TCAP assessments can be found here. 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 2018.


A document copy of Blount County Schools 2018-2019 assessment calendar can be accessed here.