With the pandemic magnifying the historic inequities and challenges in education, schools, and communities, we are more committed than ever to ensure our students have every opportunity to prepare for tests and SUCCEED. School leaders and teachers are working hard every day in class to review standards and lessons. As administrators and the support-service center for schools, we’re gearing up to spread awareness during what we’re calling a Literacy is Life: Believe For It Tour. The primary objectives for the tour include:
MSCS Progress Report
Third Grade Commitment Update
Test Taking Tips
Empower and Recruit School, Parents, Student & Community Ambassadors
Family Fun and Brand Awareness (Music, Prizes, Giveaways)
This year, testing begins on April 18 and concludes on May 6. Schools have the autonomy to create their own schedules this year within the state’s testing window. Please check with your child’s school for exact testing dates.
WHY ARE WE GIVING THE TEST?
TCAP/End of Course (EOC) tests are required by the state and federal governments. Tennessee requires all students in grades 3-8 and high school students in tested subjects to take the TCAP and EOC tests in person.
WHY ARE THE TESTS IMPORTANT?
provide schools and families with information about how well students are meeting grade-level learning expectations.
allow parents to see how their child is progressing compared to peers, as well as their strengths and opportunities for growth.
are used to determine eligibility for placement in honors/advanced courses, as well as entry into the Optional or C.L.U.E program.
help teachers determine additional personalized learning supports and interventions that may be needed to help a student succeed.
hold schools accountable for ensuring equity in our instruction and serving all students fairly.
highlight schools that are excelling, which helps more schools learn and apply those same best practices to support students.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS TO COME TO SCHOOL?
Students who attend school on testing days will receive a 100 class participation grade in every tested subject. Attendance counts on testing days, and only students who come to school in person will be counted as present.
TEST PREPARATIONS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Transportation provided for eligible students during normal pick-up and drop-off times
Relaxed dress code (no uniforms) for students on testing days
TEST TIPS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Be encouraging! Have a positive attitude about testing and motivate your child to do their best.
Get a good night’s rest! Set an alarm (and maybe a backup!) and urge your child not to study too late.
Fix a healthy breakfast! Whole grains and lean proteins like eggs and yogurt are brain boosters.
Prepare wisely! Instead of cramming, encourage your child to review material methodically over several days.
After testing, celebrate! Do something fun to reward your child’s hard work and effort.
Contact your child's school for additional questions about the upcoming tests.