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Tennessee Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for TNReady Testing

Tennessee Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for TNReady Testing

It’s hard to believe the TNReady and TNReady EOC testing window is creeping up; are you and your students ready? Between making sure you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, this time of year can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their TNReady assessments. We’ve gathered all the most useful, detailed, and relevant resources out there on the TNReady assessments to help you put an outstanding test preparation program into action.

TNReady Assessment Resources from the Tennessee Department of Education

When it comes to the TNReady assessments, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is the authority. They have a great collection of free resources for educators! We’ve done the legwork of combing through the TDOE library to find their best TNReady materials.

TNReady Overview
It’s always important to understand the basics. On this page of the TDOE website, you’ll find a quick overview of the TNReady, as well as 2019 TNReady scores, TNReady data use guidance, test items from previous TNReady assessments, and other resources.

Assessment Overviews & Blueprints
Here, you’ll find both assessment blueprints containing a summary of what each assessment will address, as well as the most recent assessment fact sheet overviews, which provide a nice informational break down of what you should know about each assessment.  

TN Department of Education: Assessment Development
This LiveBinder from the TDOE is stuffed with helpful tools to get you prepared for upcoming assessments. You’ll find all the latest updates and resources from the TDOE on TNReady release items, subject overviews, assessment overviews, and more.

TNReady Parent Resources
While this page was designed to help families of students taking the TNReady better understand the assessment, it features resources that educators will also find helpful, such as testing windows, a breakdown of testing times, and a short overview of how the TNReady test was created. Take a look for yourself, then share the link with your classroom parents!

TNReady Assessment Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

TNReady prep doesn’t have to dominate your classroom agenda this spring. By getting started early, utilizing formative assessment strategies, and making the most of practice testing, teachers in the classroom can provide students with individualized TNReady support without sacrificing time for standard curriculum. Check out these resources to get started.

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test Prep Program
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the Tennessee K–12 Standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

4 Best Practices to Use Midyear Benchmark Assessment Data
Like any assessment, midyear benchmarks are only as valuable as the strategies you employ using that data. Here are four ways to make these assessments a truly valuable exercise for you and your students.

Marzano Validated Best Practices for Online Practice
The Edmentum research team was honored to have Marzano Research peer review a research project that we conducted for our classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Through that review, Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and we also uncovered four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But successful test-taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best resources on general test prep and test taking to help the TNReady assessment process go smoothly at your school.

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores
Helping students towards TNReady success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores
Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure students are well-prepared for TNReady assessments. But, there are no shortage of steps administrators can take to make sure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful testing season—even when it’s down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress
Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check, and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for a low(er) stress testing season.

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests
Parents and other caregivers are critical to every students’ education journey. So, get them involved in the TNReady preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

Ready to take your TNReady assessment preparation program to the next level? Check out Study Island, Edmentum’s online solution for classroom practice and assessment, and our extensive library of programs designed exclusively for Tennessee educators and students. You can even start your FREE trial of Study Island today!

This blog was originally published February 20, 2019