What's New in Data & Research

Seamless Pathways: Bridging Tennessee’s Gap Between High School and Postsecondary

Feb. 1, 2017

The department released a new report, Seamless Pathways: Bridging Tennessee’s Gap Between High School and Postsecondary . This report draws on data from student focus groups, teacher and counselor surveys, and student course taking data to detail a set of related issues that keep postsecondary enrollment and completion rates in Tennessee lower than the national average. The report offers four recommendations for school and district leaders to consider to ensure that we progress rapidly forward toward attaining our statewide goals for postsecondary completion and that all of our students are prepared to be successful in life after high school.

Spring 2017 Field Test Participation

Jan. 11, 2017

In order to reduce operational testing time, a separate field test for English and for U.S. history writing prompts will be administered annually. Approximately one-third of Tennessee students will participate in the field test each year on a rotating basis. The field testing window this year is March 13–31. 

As a reminder, field test results will not be included in teacher, school, or district accountability results, and student performance will not be reported. Participation in these stand-alone field tests is required for the selected district and school.

School and District 2015-16 TVAAS Data on Public Site Beginning Jan. 12

Jan. 11, 2017

The TVAAS Public Site allows the general public to view school and district TVAAS results. This site will be updated with data from the 2015–16 school year on the evening of Jan. 12. After this update occurs, all users of the TVAAS Restricted Site will also be able to view the same public-facing school and district TVAAS results for all schools in the state through their personal accounts.
For any questions about TVAAS data or accessing TVAAS accounts, please contact TVAAS User Support . The previously released What’s New Document outlines methodology updates and website functionality updates.

2016 Report Card Launch

Dec. 14, 2016

The department publicly released the 2016 Report Card (Press release here). The newly redesigned report card pages provide an overview of state, district, and school-level performance. Whereas, the classic report card pages provide more in-depth data at the state, district, and school levels.

Additionally, please visit and share the family website that was developed to support families   and better understand their students' individual score reports.

Local Results from 2015-16 EOC Assessments Available to Districts

Nov. 17, 2016

Assessment data from the 2015-16 school year were released to districts through the accountability application by 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 17. These data will include student-, school-, and district-level files for End-of-Course examinations, as well ACT cohort files, which include the highest score a graduate earned during the three years preceding the year of graduation.

This information is embargoed and should not be shared beyond district leadership until the launch of the state Report Card in December prior to winter holiday break. The launch of the state Report Card is our official release of local results because it will display final data. In addition to having this time to review local data accessible through the accountability application, districts will also have an advanced preview of the Report Card before it goes live.

Statewide Results from 2015-16 TNReady High School Assessments

Nov. 9, 2016

The department released statewide EOC results from 2015-16 TNReady high school assessments. (press release) Additional information is available. Please also see Commissioner McQueen's op-ed in the Tennessean, which was published on Monday.

School and district results from 2015-16 TNReady High School Assessments will be released publicly on the Report Card in December.

Sample Items for Math and Social Studies Available

Nov. 2, 2016

The department has posted samples of integrated items in mathematics for a few grade levels and sample writing items for social studies in grades 5–8. The examples showcase how these item types will appear in TNReady during the April/May administration window.

  • Integrated items are 4–6 point questions that ask students to assimilate information from multiple grade-level domains. Additionally, integrated items may require background knowledge from previous grades. For all 2016-17 math assessments, students will see two integrated items that will be field tested.
  • Written response items for social studies are two or four point items intended to assess a student's historical awareness and provide the opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and ability to respond to historical questions in writing. For all 2016-17 grades 3–8 social studies assessments, students will see short written response items that will be field tested.