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 - September 9 to 13, 2019
Fall Final - November 4 to 8, 2019
Spring #1 - January 27 to 31, 2020
Spring Final - March 2 to 10, 2020

Traditional Schools

Grades 3-8 & Traditional High Schools

T1 - September 30 to October 4, 2019
T2 - December 11 to 17, 2019
T Final - March 2 to 10, 2020

Grades K-2

T1 (grades 1 & 2) - September 30 to October 4, 2019
T2 (grades K-2) - January 29 to February 7, 2020
T Final (grades K-2) - May 6 to 15, 2020

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 students currently enrolled in the appropriate US Government & Civics class, the appropriate JROTC level, as well as any 12th grade student still needing it for graduation.

A passing score of 70% or better is required for graduation and students will have multiple chances to pass.

Administration Dates

Administration is determined by each school but will be offered a multiple times to ensure students meet the minimum 70% required.

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 were recognized for the 2018-2019 school year.

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences - Upper
Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State
Ivy Academy
Sale Creek Middle/High School
STEM School Chattanooga

Results to Parents & Students

Results will be used for graduation requirement, however may be used as a grade if teacher desires.

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 - December 11 to 18, 2019
Spring - May 13 to 20, 2020

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 - August 12 to September 9, 2019
Winter grades K-8 - January 7 to 24, 2020
Spring grades K-8 - April 27 to May 21, 2020

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

August 14 to September 11, 2019

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 - August 8 to 30, 2019
Spring - May 1 to 20, 2020

Results to Parents & Students

The results may be discussed during parent/teacher conferences.