Student Assessment in Tennessee

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In every Tennessee classroom, teaching and learning looks different based on the textbooks, curricula, and lessons that school and teacher have chosen. The state has a responsibility to make sure these varied learning opportunities are preparing all students for college, career, and life.

Our state tests serve multiple objectives:

  • Provide feedback about students’ academic progress and how it aligns with grade-level expectations
  • Give parents and teachers a big-picture perspective about how a student is progressing compared to peers across the district and state, including a student’s strengths and growth opportunities
  • Build confidence and transparency about students’ readiness for postsecondary and the workforce among Tennessee colleges, universities, and employers
  • Help educators strengthen instruction and reflect on their practice
  • Hold us accountable to serving all students fairly
  • Highlight schools where students are excelling, so we can learn from those who are doing well