Hope you enjoy this guest post by a dear friend and public education advocate from West Tennessee.
How on earth do I find out what tests my child is given at school?
You are in luck, parents! In April of 2014, the Tennessee House & Senate wisely passed a law that requires every school district in Tennessee to list every district test, as well as every state-mandated test, on their school district websites before August 1st. This law is fantastic! Before this law was passed, unless parents specifically asked or were teachers themselves, parents really had no idea about all the district assessments and state tests that were given to their children. Now parents can make informed decisions about testing for their children.
Simply look on your school district’s website to find the list of tests and the testing calendar for your child. You might have to search a few layers of the site to find the information, but it should be there. (You can also do a web search for “testing calendar” and the name of your school district–e.g., “testing calendar Metro Nashville Public Schools”.) If it is not, contact your school board member and/or Superintendent and ask why it isn’t there as the law requires it to be.
If your school district is especially proactive, it may even be in your school’s student handbook. In fact, beginning with the 2015-16 school year, this awesome law requires that testing information be printed in each school’s student handbook. This is a very good thing for parents to know.
Here is a link to the new law: