The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. For more information, visit ACT Information for Students & Parents.
Advanced Placement Exam
AP exams are administered each May by the College Board. The assessment represents the culmination of the college-level work in the course. Completing an AP course is a huge accomplishment. AP scores are reported on a scale from 1-5. Scores may be sent to a college per student request. If a student earns an AP exam score of 3 or higher, chances are they can receive both AP High School credit and college credit while still in high school. For more information, visit AP Central.
ACCESS for ELs
States are required to assess the proficiency of all English Learner (EL) students. According to Title III, states are to measure the annual growth of an EL student’s English development in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
This is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery. It measures strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. It also provides career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career. Your scores in four critical areas — Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge — count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you’re qualified to enlist in the U.S. military. For more information, visit ASVAB Practice Test Online.
Brigance Kindergarten Screener
This screening provides quick, easy, and accurate screening of skills that are critical predictors of school success, including physical development, language, academic/cognitive, and social emotional skills.
This assessment is designed to measure the civics knowledge and skills of students. Students are required to participate in the assessment prior to graduation.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This test is a national assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Schools are selected at random. For more information, visit National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The public demo of the Nextera assessment platform went live on February 5, 2018. The general public—including parents and students—can access the public demo at the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program website to see sample questions, familiarize themselves with the platform format, and experience online testing. It is not meant to be a demonstration of content, as there are a limited number of items available for math, English language arts, and science. An answer key is provided for each subject area.
STAR Universal Screening
The purpose of STAR is to provide a data snapshot of a student’s current performance at 3 – 4 points during the school year monitor progress throughout the school year in a variety of academic areas. The data provided is instant, reliable, and valid when differentiating instruction for all students.
TCAP Summative Assessments
TCAP summative assessments provide district and school leaders, teachers, parents, and students specific information about student learning in order to improve the education of all students. For more information, visit the TNReady Parent Guide.
TCAP Alternate Assessment (MSAA & Science/Social Studies)
TCAP-Alt will include the National Center and State Collaborate NCSC Assessment in Reading/Language Arts and Math, as well as the TCAP-Alt portfolio assessment in Science and Social Studies. TCAP-Alt is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards. This assessment is appropriate for students with a significant cognitive disability as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of the school year.
WIDA Screener for EL Status
When a newly enrolled student has responded with a language other than English on any part of the Home Language Survey, the student is screened for ESL services with the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). The screener is only given once in the educational career of the EL.