Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) makes it clear that Congress expects local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools receiving federal funds to ensure that parents are actively involved and knowledgeable about their schools and their children’s education. READ MORE
ELIGIBILITY FOR VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Children must be four years of age on or before August 15th of the current year. Students will be chosen based on a weighted application. The focus is to enroll students in the underserved population, which includes children identified as ‘at-risk’. At-risk factors include family income, family structure, and special family situations. (These areas are determined to meet the State Department of Education guidelines.)
Typical at-risk factors include custody other than parent, single parent, foster care, homeless, below free and reduced lunch, above Head Start guidelines, no previous group experience, subsidized housing, special education services, limited English (ELL), divorce, deaths, criminal history, health problems, mental illness, teen parent, and family member incarcerated among other considerations. Each factor contributing to the at-risk nature of the student is considered.
TNReady Parent Resources
We know that Tennessee families are eager to help their children take advantage of every opportunity, and they want to empower their child to do their best. In an effort to support you and your child, we’ve designed information to help your family prepare for TNReady. We hope you find the resources below to be helpful. If you have additional questions, please speak with your child’s teacher or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Testing Windows - This page shows you the test administration windows for all required and optional assessments in Tennessee. Your school district will select specific days within the testing windows for testing at your child's school. Please visit your school district's website or contact your child's school for specific dates.
Testing Times - This page shows you the amount of time your child will spend taking TNReady.
Parent Guide to Being TNReady (Note: Translations are coming soon) - This guide walks through the main information about state assessments for the 2017-18 school year. For example, this guide shares details about when your child will take the all TCAP tests, including TNReady, how much time will be spent testing, and when you will see their results.
Parent Guide to TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities (Note: Additional translations are coming soon) - This guide is intended to increase understanding of the use of accommodations in both instruction and assessment for parents of students with disabilities.
These documents provide quick snapshots about testing for each grade level. Click your student's grade level to learn more.
How is a TNReady Test Created? - This document provides a short overview of how a TNReady test is created.