Benchmark assessments are administred three times per year (fall, winter, & spring) to students in grades 3-8 in English language arts and mathematics. Benchmark assessments measure the extent to which students are demonstrating mastery over the course of the school year on key skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students in grades K-2 also have access to optional benchmark assessments three times per year. All assessments are developed with year-end testing in mind as a gauge to determine students' progression of mastery on essential grade level standards.
The Brigance Kindergarten Screening provides quick, easy, and accurate screening of skills that are critical predictors of school success, including physical development, language, academic/cognitive, self-help, and social-emotional skills.
The Pre-1st Grade Brigance Screening helps to identify children who may have some difficulty in language, motor, self-help, social-emotional, and cognitive skills. Results from this assessment tool also help to produce an annual indicator of student progress and evaluating program effectiveness for the kindergarten experience. A copy of this screening report is included in the final student report card for parent review.
Common assessments are designed to assess student progress at the end of each grading period to guide and inform instruction. These checkpoint assessments are administered periodically throughout the school year in grades K-12 in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Common assessments are also administered periodically in tested high school courses.
Grade 2 Assessments
The Sevier County School System will offer a Tennessee-specific second-grade assessment which measures student mastery of the Tennessee Academic Standards in English/Language Arts and mathematics. The 2nd grade assessment will be administered in spring 2021 and will be paper pencil.
In mathematics, student mastery of fluency, ability to problem solve, and understand grade-level standards will be assessed. In English/language arts, student mastery of foundational literacy skills, comprehension, and language will be assessed through the integration of passages (both literary and informational). In addition, students will be asked to write 3-4 sentences per prompt based upon evidence from the text. Students will also be assessed on their listening comprehension skills through a series of pictures, sentences, and short passages.
Grade 2 assessment results will be released to parents and students as soon as available. TCAP Grade 2 Alternate assessment is the English/Language Arts and math assessment for students in grade 2 with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The grade 2 Alternative assessment is administered via paper by the teacher.
A universal screener is an abbreviated screening assessment of academic skills (i.e. basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, math calculation, math problem-solving, written expression) administered to all students in grades K-8 to determine whether students demonstrate the skills necessary to achieve grade-level standards. Additionally, the universal screener is given to high school students new to the district or students who are identified as performing below grade-level standards. Universal screening reveals which students are performing at or above the level considered necessary for achieving long-term success (general outcome measure). This data can also serve as a benchmark for measuring the improvement of a group, class, grade, school, or district.
The universal screener may be administered three times per year: at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Individual benchmark reports are sent home to parents after each of the benchmark assessments. Students who fall below or significantly below grade-level expectations may be identified for additional instructional assistance and be administered short progress monitoring probes weekly or bi-weekly to track progress.