TNReady tests — TCAPs (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests) and EOC (high school end-of-course tests) — started in the Volunteer State on Monday and will run through Friday, May 4.
Here’s a rundown of six recommendations to be ready for TNReady from officials at two area school systems:
1. Sleep well.
“We asked them to get a good nights’s sleep,” Michael Hubbard, director of performance excellence for Kingsport City Schools, said Monday. Julie McAmis, building-level testing coordinator at Surgoinsville Middle School in neighboring Hawkins County, echoed that sentiment. She said the middle school officials ask parents to get students to bed early during tests.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
McAmis said another recommendation is for students to eat a good breakfast each morning of the testing, something Hubbard also recommended. Both systems offer breakfast for students in general, but McAmis said in Hawkins County Schools all students can receive a free breakfast on test days.
3. Be there. (Arrive at school on time, and don’t schedule doctor appointments or other absences on a day tests are given.)
“We ask parents not to schedule any doctor’s visits during this time,” McAmis said. She and Hubbard said the testing schedule includes time for makeup exams if students miss a test but that taking the exam when scheduled is preferred. McAmis said the Department of Education has specific rules for testing of students who transfer schools or systems during TNReady testing.
4. Be aware of test days.
Hubbard and McAmis said different schools and school systems are doing tests at different times during the testing window. For instance, Hubbard said that in KCS, the EOC tests began at Dobyns-Bennett High School and the elementary schools on Monday, while middle school tests will begin Tuesday. At Surgoinsville Middle, McAmis said the regular testing will run Tuesday through Thursday two weeks in a row.
5. Become familiar with online testing formats if applicable.
Hubbard said that this year KCS is testing online in grades 6-12 and will do grades 5-12 in 2019. McAmis said that in Hawkins testing is only online in grades 9-12.
An issue with the online test vendor left some D-B students and others across the state unable to take the test on Monday, but they will take it on a makeup day, Hubbard said. Students who haven’t taken online tests should make themselves familiar with the format by getting help from their system, school or teacher.
6. Go to TNReady.gov for more information
The scores by law are part of student grades or teacher evaluations, although that can be and has been waived if test results come back too late.
For more information on TNReady, go online to TNReady.gov.