• Assessment: Monitoring Student Success

    Three components play a critical role into every Williamson County Schools (WCS) student’s educational program: a solid curriculum, effective instruction and quality assessment.

    Curriculum, derived from state standards, defines what students need to know. Instruction is the practice of teaching each student that curriculum. Assessment is used to measure the student’s progress and mastery of what is being taught.

    Most of the information on the assessment pages refers to academic testing, but student progress is also monitored in other ways. Attendance records, motivation levels, engagement and interest levels, social skills, classroom participation, etc. all help complete the picture of how a student is performing. All of this data is used to evaluate progress towards each student’s set goals.

  • Testing Information

    More information on the assessments used in WCS, including results and other data are listed below. Each year, WCS plans their yearly assessment dates, which are provided to the Tennessee Department of Education by July 31 of each year.

Assessment FAQ

  • What does it mean for an assessment to be a “Standardized test”?

  • What is the difference between “formative assessment” and “summative assessment”?

  • What is the difference between “achievement” and “growth” in assessment?

  • How are assessments used for grades? Where can parents/students get results from the assessments?

  • What financial assistance options are there for assessments with fees?

  • What is the process for opting out of TCAP assessments?

  • How can homeschooled students in Williamson County participate in assessments through WCS?