Hamilton County Assessments

HCDE Benchmark Assessments - Grades K-12

Purpose & Use

These tests are given to assist the teachers with planning strategies to prepare the students for the TCAP TNReady assessments in April and May (December for Fall Block High Schools).  The final assessments will test some skills the students have not been taught as this too is in preparation for the TCAP TNReady assessments.

Administration Dates

Block Schedule High Schools

Fall #1 - TBD, 2020
Fall Final - TBD, 2020
Spring #1 - TBD, 2021
Spring Final - TBD, 2021

Traditional Schools

Grades 3-8 & Traditional High Schools

T1 - TBD, 2020
T2 - TBD, 2020
T Final - TBD, 2021

Grades K-2

T1 (grades 1 & 2) - TBD, 2020
T2 (grades K-2) - TBD, 2021
T Final (grades K-2) - TBD, 2021

Results to Parents & students

The results may be discussed at parent/teacher conferences

US Civics Assessment - Grades 11-12

Purpose & Use

This test is given to all High School 11th and 12th graders.  Schools may choose to test 10th grade also.  A passing score of 70% or better is required for graduation and students will have multiple chances to pass.

Administration Dates

First Opportunities - TBD, 2020
Second Opportunities - TBD, 2020
Third Opportunities - TBD, 2021
Fourth Opportunities - TBD, 2021


Schools wishing to be recognized as a United States Civics All-Star School with the State of Tennessee must have all seniors pass with an 85% or better.

The following schools reached All-Star status for the 2019-2020 school year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central High School
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences - Upper
East Hamilton School
Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State
Hamilton County Virtual School
Ivy Academy
Lookout Valley Middle High School
Signal Mountain Middle High School

Results to Parents & Students

Results will be used for graduation requirement.  However should a school desire, the score may be used as a grade for students enrolled in a U.S. Government & Civics course.

Hamilton County Final Exams - Grades 9-12

Purpose & Use

Tests are given at the end of the semester or course to evaluate the student's understanding of the course.  Scores are used as part of the student's grade.

Administration Dates

Fall - TBD, 2020
Spring - TBD, 2021

Results to Parents & Students

Results are factored into student grades and should be available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal with grades.

Universal Screeners in Reading & Math - Grades K-8

In the context of an RTI prevention model, universal screening is the first step in identifying the students who are at risk for learning difficulties.  It is the mechanism for targeting students who struggle to learn when provided a scientific, evidence-based general education.  Universal screening is conducted up to three times per school year (fall, winter, and spring).  Universal screening measures consists of brief assessments focused on target skills (e.g., phonological awareness, computational fluency) that are highly predictive of future outcomes.

The first assessment will determine the reading and math levels for each student.  The second and third assessments will evaluate the growth of each content over the course of the school year.

Administration Dates

Fall grades 1-8 - TBD, 2020
Winter grades K-8 - TBD, 2021
Spring grades K-8 - TBD, 2021

Results to Parents & Students

The results may be discussed during parent/teacher conferences.

Kindergarten Screener - Grade Kindergarten

Purpose & Use

Screening is conducted to assist teachers with instructional planning.

Administration Dates

TBD, 2020

Results to Parents & Students

Results may be discussed during parent/teacher conferences

Bracken Basic Concepts Scale Third Edition Revised (BBCS-3:R) - Grade Pre-K

Evaluate the acquisition of basic concepts of a child, which is strongly related to cognitive and language development as well as early childhood academic achievement.

Purpose & Use

This is a nonverbal assessment where the child points to a picture.  The teacher administers 5 tests (School Readiness Composite) which are 1) Color, 2) Letters & Sounds, 3) Numbers & Counting, 4) Sizes & Comparisons, and 5) Shapes.

Results are used to determine if the child has mastered the skills assessed, determine if a child has deficits in concept development that may need intervention, and plan instruction.

Administration Dates

Fall - TBD, 2020
Spring - TBD, 2021

Results to Parents & Students

The results may be discussed during parent/teacher conferences.