Testing

As passed in the 2014 General Assembly, Public Chapter 892 requires the Tennessee Department of Education as well as school districts to post a calendar of all state and district mandated tests each school year. This information is available in linked documents below. Individual student test results from state testing processes will be released to students and parents by the Sevier County School System promptly upon receipt of the information from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Questions about assessment processes should be referred to your child’s teacher, principal, or Tony Stinnett, District Testing Coordinator, who can be reached at tonystinnett@sevier.org.

Tennessee State Assessments
In July 2016, the State of Tennessee completed the selection process to contract with Questar, a national leader in large-scale assessment, to develop and administer state assessments for the 2016-2017 school year in grades 2-12. The purpose of state assessments is multi-faceted. Assessments provide feedback about students’ academic progress and how that progress aligns with grade-level expectations, build confidence and transparency about student readiness for college and the workforce, and help educators strengthen instruction and reflect on practice.

The 2016-2017 TCAP assessment is a fully aligned assessment that captures the depth and breadth of what students are learning--and have been learning--in the classroom every day. The information from this year’s assessment will provide educators, parents, and students with a perspective on how students are progressing academically compared to their peers across Tennessee, and better information about a student’s strengths, needs, and areas for growth.

TCAP has been Tennessee’s testing program since 1988, and it includes TNReady (the state's assessment in math, English language arts, social studies, and science). As the state transitions to higher academic standards our tests have become better aligned to what educators are teaching. The assessments include rigorous questions that measure students' writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, not just memorization skills. Regardless of the method of assessment, this newly designed test will provide schools, teachers, and parents with valuable information about college and career readiness.

Additional information about state assessments can be found here.