Preparing for TNReady
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MICA Practice Test Site
Parents have a new tool for helping their students get ready for TNReady, the new statewide annual assessment for English language arts and math. The Tennessee Department of Education has created an online tool just for parents, where they can work with their children on review practice questions and create mini quizzes. More sample questions for the new assessment, which replaces English and math TCAP tests, will be available in September.
MICA Up-Date 9-10-2015
MICA, the online item sampler tool, has opened for review. The initial pull used to populate student rosters was done on August 14, at that time there were approximately 300,000 students in the file. We pulled another file on Friday, September 4 and with the holiday we expect students to be loaded into MICA early next week. We will continue to pull a new EIS file every Friday throughout the month of September (and longer if needed) so that student rosters will be refreshed on a weekly basis. We would not suggest or encourage schools to manually enter students as we will be providing such frequent updates. After next week, if you feel that there is an issue with the data pull, please send a support ticket to EIS or ask your EIS coordinator to contact EIS support via phone. They are aware of the business rules for the pull and can dig more deeply into EIS to determine what the issue may be. If sending an email/support ticket, you will need to include several student unique ID numbers so that they can look at specific records. "All of third grade" is not enough information for the analysis that they will perform.
At this time, Demographic Stats in EdTools provides 2015 FALL TCAP in the drop down, this contains students that are scheduled for Fall block courses only. These students will be uploaded into MIST later this month for the Part I assessment in November. We will also update this data weekly until that pull. We are working to provide students scheduled Spring Block and Year Long courses in the near future.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please submit a contact support ticket in EdTools.
The Office of Assessment Logistics
Dear Tennessee Educators,
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, TNReady will become the state’s new TCAP test for English language arts, and math in grades 3-11. It will provide us with more and better information about our students’ progress. The new and improved TNReady TCAP tests are designed to assess true student understanding and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.
We are pleased to announce that an online practice tool for teachers is now available. The practice tool, called MICA (Measurement Incorporated Classroom Assessment), is an interactive web-based assessment and learning tool that will serve as the delivery system for the TNReady Item Sampler, a bank of test items aligned to the Tennessee Academic Standards in English language arts and math for grades 3 through 8 and high school.
Teachers can use the items in MICA to create their own custom assessments, giving students an opportunity to practice with new questions types and the online assessment tools that they will have access to on the actual TNReady test. TNReady Practice Tests will be available this fall on MIST, the same platform that the TNReady test will be given on. MICA, along with the TNReady Practice Tests delivered in MIST, make up the TNReady practice tools available free to Tennessee educators and districts.
MICA will be implemented in two phases: Phase 1 will begin in May 2015 for Tennessee educators. The Phase 1 item sampler will include 8 -12 items per subject and grade representing the full range of item types. Phase 2 will begin in September 2015 for both teachers and students and will include additional items per subject and grade, representing the full range of standards.
MICA Access Phase 1
o The Phase 2 release will include a pre-load of student rosters and login information. Teachers will then be able to use MICA to create individual classroom assessments.
o In the Username field, enter your Edtools username. If an Edtools account is not available, your Teacher License Number (9 digits, add leading zeroes) should be entered as the username.
o In the Password field, enter your District ID (5 digits, add leading zeroes) + School ID (4 digits, add leading zeroes) + Teacher’s first initial (lower case) + Teacher’s last name (lower case). After the initial login, teachers will be asked to reset their password.
Example Usernames and Passwords:
TLN (9 digits, add leading zeroes)
District ID (5 digits, add leading zeroes)
School ID (4 digits, add leading zeroes)
Username (No EdTools ID, use TLN)
**Username (EdTools ID)
Password (District ID + School ID + First Initial + Last Name)
**Teachers with an EdTools user ID will use that ID as the MICA username. Check with your district testing coordinator to confirm your EdTools ID.
If you have questions about your login, please contact your district testing administrator and/or your school principal. District and school ID numbers can be found on the School Directory at http://www.k-12.state.tn.us/SDE/default.asp.
Support for MICA Item Sampler
For general information about MICA, please view the MICA Overview video located on the login page under the “About” tab.
For specific questions or information about MICA, please call the TN Hotline at (855) 550-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Assessment Logistics