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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
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. 
 
Accelerated Reader is a software program that allows students in kindergarten through fifth grades to read a book on their reading level and take a quiz on the book. With assistance from students, language arts teachers set student goals for each nine weeks and students progress toward their goals. Results are communicated to parents each nine weeks. 
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 STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, and STAR Math as our universal screening tool and to progress monitor as required by the state. 
 
STAR Early Literacy is a web-based software program that screens early reading skills and monitors student and class progress. Students in kindergarten and first grades are given the STAR Early Literacy screening three (3) times per year and the parent report is sent home in the report card. 
 
STAR Reading & STAR Math
Students take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments on the computer three (3) times per year. The assessment results determine reading and math levels of each student and measures individual and class growth. Parents receive STAR reading and math reports in their child's report card. Assessment windows are:  
  • August 20-31
  • December 3-14
  • April 1-12
Grades 3-8 TCAP TNReady and Achievement
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, TNReady became the state's new and improved TCAP test for English Language Arts and Math in grades 3-11. It provides us with more and better information about our students' progress. Also beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the social studies TCAP which is based on new content standards was administered in the same format as TNReady. TCAP Achievement Science will measure current content standards and be administered on paper forms. 
 
Grades 9-12 TCAP TNReady and End of Course
During the 2015-16 school year, TNReady became the state's new and improved TCAP test for English Language Arts and Math in grades 3-11. It provides us with more and better information about our students' progress. Also beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the TCAP End of Course U.S. History was based on new content standards. TCAP EOC Biology and Chemistry will measure current content standards and will be administered on paper forms. Grades 9-12 TCAP TNReady and End of Course assessments include: English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology, and Chemistry. 
 
 
For additional information on TNReady, click here.
 
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 to register. 
 
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 requires to pre-register or pay for the cost. Some of the costs can be reimbursed based on the test score.