Tests and Assessments
We’re committed to providing all of our students with the education that need to succeed and to do that, we must accurately measure their progress and the performance of our educators. At Metro Schools, we are committed to providing our students with everything they need to perform well academically. We use this testing and assessment data to improve our methods and to better prepare our students for life after graduation.
To help our students be prepared for tests, many of our schools also host frequent events and activities around testing time to help build student confidence, have fun, and review relevant materials. To find out what your child’s school is doing to help them prepare for their assessments, ask their teacher or call your school’s main office.
The Tennessee Department of Education has prepared and provided resources to help families better understand our state assessment, TNReady. TNReady is the state assessment for English language arts, math, science and social studies. The documents and links below will take you to the informative materials the Tennessee Department of Education has shared with Metro Schools.
The 2019-20 district assessment calendar and an accompanying document detailing the applicable federal or state law and purpose and use of each assessment are found here:
revised entrance requirements for academic magnet schools
Students must meet specific requirements for academic grades and standardized test scores in order to qualify for entrance into an academic magnet school. Metro Schools has released the revised entrance requirements for academic magnet schools due to the cancellation of TCAP standardized testing for the 2015-16 school year.
The process will use all test data available to determine who qualifies for an academic magnet and who does not, including a new benchmark test that will be taken next week. Parents of children who qualify will receive a letter in the mail.
For questions about the new requirements, families can call the Family Information Center at (615) 259-INFO (4636).
Metro Nashville Public Schools abides by strict security codes surrounding testing to ensure complete fairness, and zero ambiguity when test results are released. Protocol for test proctors includes specific regulations regarding how tests are to be administered, taken, and scored, what testing environments should include, drug policies, and much more. In the event of a security breach, our teams have a solid action plan to investigate and rectify the situation. For more information on how our tests are administered, you can read the test security policy.
The way that we, at Metro Nashville Public Schools, administer our tests and prepare our students for those tests is very important. We do everything we can to offer our students the opportunities they need in order to perform well academically. In the interest of transparency, we’d like to share with you some of the research that helps us make decisions in this arena.
If you’re interested in learning more about the research that is conducted within MNPS, as well as the results of that research, visit our research page, where we make a host of different studies done in a wide variety of different categories publicly available.