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Assessment

Throughout the school year, several assessments are administered to students to determine academic progress and performance. Information gained from student testing is also used to communicate student, school, and school system performance and to guide improvements in our curriculum and instruction. The 2019-20 Assessment Calendar outlines the test, testing window, grade levels, purpose and use, and the manner in which parents are informed.
 
Assessments Required by Our School System: 
 
The Brigance Screening measures developmental and early academic skills. The Brigance Kindergarten Screening is given to students in the summer prior to entering kindergarten. 
 
Assessments Required by the State Department of Education: 
 
Universal Screening
The Universal Screening tool will be skills-based and provide national norms. It will be administered three (3) times a year for grades K-8. Greeneville City Schools administers NWEA Map Growth as our universal screening tool and STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, and STAR Math to progress monitor as required by the state. 
 
NWEA Map Growth
Students take NWEA Map Growth formative assessments on the computer three (3) times per year. The assessment results determine reading and math levels of each student and measure individual and class growth. Parents receive NWEA Map Growth reading and math reports in their child's report card. 2019-20 assessment windows are:  
      • August 19-29
      • December 2-13
      • March 30-April 9
 
STAR Early Literacy is a web-based software program that screens early reading skills and monitors student progress. Students in kindergarten and first grades who qualify for response-to-intervention are administered the STAR Early Literacy formative assessments every two weeks to progress monitor and determine rate of improvement.  
 
STAR Reading and STAR Math are web-based software programs that screens reading and math skills and monitor student progress. Students in second through eighth grades who qualify for response-to-intervention are administered the STAR Reading and Math formative assessments every two weeks to progress monitor and determine rate of improvement.  
 
Grades 3-11 TCAP TNReady and Achievement
TNReady is the state’s TCAP test for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies in grades 3-11. The new assessments are designed to assess true student understanding of the current state standards. Additional information related to TNReady and other assessments can be accessed at Tennessee Department of Education website.
 
 
The ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and ability to complete college-level work. The ACT is also used for HOPE scholarship eligibility. It is a standardized, multiple choice test that may be taken by sophomores, juniors, and seniors for college admission. The test measures English, reading, math, and science. Students may pick up an ACT packet from the GHS guidance office.
 
 
Optional Assessments
 
The PSAT is a standardized test given in October that provides first-hand practice for the SAT and also gives students a choice to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporations Scholarship programs. College-bound students in tenth and eleventh grades may choose to take the test. The test measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. 
 
The SAT test is a standardized test that may be taken by juniors and seniors for college admission. It is a multiple choice test that consists of three major sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The SAT is given regionally seven times a year. Students may go online to www.collegeboard.com to register and see locations.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are administered in the spring at the conclusion of each AP course. The course will count for college credit at participating universities if a student scores a 3 or higher on the exam. Students must take the AP exam at the conclusion of each AP course in order to receive the SP designation for the course on their transcripts. Students are required to pre-register or pay for the cost. Some of the costs can be reimbursed based on the test score.