2014-15 Social Studies Assessment Transition Plan

At the Jan. 31, 2014 state board meeting, the board approved an assessment transition plan for social studies that states there will be no operational assessment in social studies during the 2014-15 school year. There will be a field test in 2014-15, and we will resume with operational social studies testing during the 2015-16 school year. More information about the field and operational test can be found here.

This assessment transition is necessary because of the change of structure of the courses with the new standards. Information on the design of the 2015-16 Social Studies TCAP operational assessment will be available this fall.

  1. There will not be an operational state Social Studies TCAP assessment in the 2014-15 school year. During the 2014-15 school year, the department will field test the new social studies assessments in lieu of administering the summative social studies TCAP assessments. Operational Social Studies TCAP tests will be reinstated in the 2015-16 school year.
  2. The department will be field testing new Social Studies TCAP Assessments in the 2014-15 school year that align to the new standards. The new assessments will be field tested in the 2014-15 school year. More information about the field test will be released in the coming months, but as with other pilots, the results of the field test will not be reported to students and will not affect students’ grades.
  3. Districts will not be required to administer End of Course tests in social studies. The State Board of Education approved the transition plan which suspends all board rules and policies that require districts to administer end of course tests for social studies. Districts will still be required to administer end of course tests for other subject areas as required by board Rule. In 2015-16, state operational social studies testing would resume and districts will be required to administer the new social studies TCAP assessments, including Achievement Tests and End of Course exams.
  4. Social studies assessment results would not be a component of student grades in 2014-15. State law requires that TCAP scores comprise a percentage of students’ grades in grades 3-8. Since there will not be 3-8 social studies TCAP achievement tests, the results of the tests will not be a component of student grades in the 2014-15 school year.
  5. For the 2014-15 school year, social studies will not be part of TVAAS. Teachers will not receive individual TVAAS growth scores for social studies for 2014-15 and social studies will not be factored into school- or system-wide TVAAS composites. Social studies will be considered a non-tested subject for the 2014-15 school year, and social studies teachers who do not teach another tested subject will use school-wide TVAAS growth scores for 25 percent of their overall level of effectiveness. Their observations will be worth 60 percent of their overall level of effectiveness. Social studies is not included in school and district accountability.

For questions, please contact TNCore.Questions@tn.gov.

Last Update: September 30, 2014