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TNReady testing arrives in Tennessee schools this year

September 14th, 2015 10:00 am by Rick Wagner

TNReady testing arrives in Tennessee schools this year

Hubbard, KCS director of performance excellence, said TNReady will cover mathematics and English language arts, which was TCAP and EOC, plus geometry.

KINGSPORT — Ready or not, Tennessee Ready, also styled TNReady, is coming to a Volunteer State school near you.

Kingsport City Schools Administrative Support Center employees Michael Hubbard, Emily Helphinstine and Pam Stidham presented the city Board of Education a rundown of Tennessee Ready and how it differs from the old TCAP, or Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test, and end-of-course, or EOC, tests.

Hubbard, KCS director of performance excellence, said TNReady will cover mathematics and English language arts, which was TCAP and EOC, plus geometry.

Achievement testing and EOC will cover science and social studies.

And an alternative cognitive test will be used, including English language learners.

Helphinstine, coordinator of literacy programs for KCS, said ELA testing will be in February with technology-enhanced items, a deeper level of multiple choice questions, multiple select questions that may have more than one correct answer and an evidence-based selective response.

Stidham, coordinator of math programs for KCS, said math testing in TNReady will include equations, graphics, multiple choice, multiple select and performance tasks — human-scored answers this year in grades 3-8 only but expanding to high school next year — plus technology-enhanced items.

As an example of third-grade ELA questions, Helpinstine said students would have to read a text and then put a series of sentences in the correct order based on how things were presented in the text.

And in math, Stidham said students must come up with and then solve equations.

Hubbard said TNReady includes more flexibility than the old testing, including a five-day window versus the one-day time frame with a one- or two-day makeup.

Another change, he said, is that teachers and staff won’t have to scramble to cover words, maps and other writing visible in classrooms and even hallways, making for a less-sterile environment that is pretty much the same as a regular school day.

A parent resource guide to TNReady is on the school system website, k12k.com? , with a link to the state parent resource guide Helpinstine helped make.

In another presentation to the board the same night, Hubbard said some quirks in testing include that the algebra I end-ofcourse scores include only those who take algebra I in high school, not in middle school as about 40 percent of KCS students do.

Hubbard said that meant that 80.9 percent of KCS students were counted as TCAP proficient or better, compared to 87.5 percent if the eighth-grade algebra I class takers were included.

Likewise, he said that because Advanced Placement English III scores are not included in English III scores, the system had 49.8 percent proficient or better in end-of-course scores compared to what would have been 60.7 percent.

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