Special Education Modified and Alternative Assessments 2010-2011
MAAS (Modified Academic Achievement Standards) in Grades 3-8
Tennessee is engaged in the development of an additional assessment for students with disabilities in grades 3-8. The assessment will be called the TCAP-MAAS (TCAP-Modified Academic Achievement Standards). When this assessment passes USDE peer review in accordance with NCLB regulations, the assessment will provide a more appropriate means of measuring educational progress for students with disabilities receiving instruction from IEP goals aligned with grade-level standards, but not meeting those goals in the same time frame as other students.
Field testing was conducted during Spring, 2009 and the assessment will be operational in Spring, 2010.
Tennessee is currently in a transition period with student assessments at the high school level. Students entering high school for the first time in the 2009-2010 school year will fall under the requirements of the new "Tennessee Diploma Project". In addition, all students will be under the new, more rigorous standards in the core classes of English (Language Arts), mathematics, and science. These new standards reflect Tennessee's commitment to offering students a more challenging and relevant education to better prepare them for post-secondary education and the workplace.
The Bradley County Department of Education has responded to this challenge by realigning the scope and sequence of high school courses as well as providing detailed curriculum pacing guides to all high school teachers.
All students who entered high school PRIOR to the 2009-2010 school year will still fall under the Gateway requirement for graduation (required passage of an end-of-course assessment in Biology I, English II, and Algebra I). For more information about your student's particular requirements, please contact the high school counseling office.
Tennessee High School Assessment Transition Plan Download
Resources for NEW End-of-Course Assessments (2010-2011)
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, new End-of-Course assessments in the subjects of English I, English II, Biology I, Algebra I, and U.S. History will reflect the new, more rigorous standards that are being implemented. For students entering high school for the first time in 2009-2010, these assessments will count as a percentage of their overall course grade.
These samplers and practice test provide examples of items that cover each Reporting Category and Performance Indicator for the appropriate test. The examples illustrate the formats of the questions used to evaluate the student's mastery of the Performance Indicator.
Gateway assessments in the subjects of Biology I, Algebra I, and English II will continue to be offered for those students who entered high school prior to 2009-2010. These students are required to pass each of these assessments as a graduation requirement. For information on which assessment is appropriate for your child, please contact the high school counseling office.
Utilize this site to claim and exclude students for the purpose of generating Teacher Effect data. Please work with your teachers as you complete this process for Gateway and EOC test takers. Upon logging in, click under the "Processing Management" area and select "Faculty/Student".
The verification of student demographic information is crucial to the AYP process. After accessing the state site, click on "Processing Management" and choose SDDV, logging in with your Pearson password.
EXPLORE -PLAN - ACT
Information: March 15, 2011 Assessment
Tennessee is requiring that all 11th grade students take the ACT assessment during the 2010-1011 school year. To help achieve this, all high schools will be administering the ACT during the school day on March 15, 2011 for those 11th graders who have not previously taken the test during the current school year.
For the Spring 2010 Writing Assessment, we will be completing an upload to do Pre-ID labels for all student answer documents. You will have the opportunity to edit data after it is uploaded and be able to add additional information to the Pre-ID label. All schools need to monitor their student management data to provide accurate uploads.
In addition, the GIS (Group Information Sheet) will utilize the teacher's licensure number rather than social security number.
2011 Writing Test Administration Manual Download Test Security Training Verification Download Writing Assessment Online Applications Utilize this site to complete online SGLs (School Group Lists) as well as to submit information regarding RIs (Reports of Irregularity), Breach of Security Reports, and Medical Exemption Requestions. Even if you have no RIs, Breaches, or Medical Exemptions, you must indicate this through the website.
Unique Adaptive Accomodations Form DownloadSpring 2011 Training PowerPoint (January 14, 2011) Download
Writing Assessment Preparation Materials
The Tennessee State Department of Education provides access to past writing prompts for grades 5, 8, and 11. In addition, anchor papers from each grade level are available to give teachers and students an idea of what types of papers fall within each range on the rubric.
For the Spring 2010 Writing Assessment (Grades 5, 8, and 11) please use the username and password provided on March 13 to verify the demographic information for your school as it relates to AYP reporting.
Reporting through this site will begin on Friday, March 13 and conclude on Thursday, March 26.