Assessment – Johnson City Schools, TN

September 25, 2016

“[PowerSchool Assessment] is the best product that I have used to create district assessments. Question alignment is spot on to the standards, and reviewing and choosing questions is seamless.”
-Sherry Cockerham
District Math Coach
Johnson City Schools

The Challenge

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the Tennessee Department of Education implemented new online summative tests for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-11. This TNReady initiative prompted Johnson City schools to reevaluate their formative assessment testing solution, seeking a tool that would better prepare teachers and students for the online format and provide teachers with resources to easily create assessments and produce analytics to more effectively guide instruction. Johnson City, with nearly 5,500 elementary and middle school students, identified the following priorities as they sought a solution:
• Quality content items
• Ease of creating and administering assessments
• Actionable reports
• Reliable ongoing technical support

The Solution

A district-wide committee of administrators and teachers evaluated different assessment tools and sought recommendations from other schools in Tennessee and across the country. PowerSchool Assessment rose to the top based on those recommendations and the company’s ability to meet the district’s priorities under a very limited timeline. PowerSchool Assessment is a web-based instructional improvement system (IIS) that delivers standards-aligned content, assessments and real-time data for educators.

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, Johnson City needed rapid and highly-effective implementation for its eight elementary and two middle schools. A team of 50 Johnson City educators and administrators were trained, and in less than three weeks, all Johnson City elementary schools were ready to use Assessment for the start of the school year.

Next Steps

Within just a few weeks of using Assessment, teachers embraced the new tool. They found greater ease in assessment creation and strong alignment to the Tennessee standards and TNReady.

Johnson City will use PowerSchool Assessment throughout the year to measure students’ mastery and proficiency of grade-level standards. It will be used for grades 3-8 to assess the subjects of ELA, math, social studies and science. Teachers will use Assessment frequently to generate real time data to drive their instruction.

“The professional make-up of [the company], which includes educators who understand the needs of today’s teachers, students, and building leaders stood out among all the vendors”.
– Debra Bentley
Supervisor of Instruction
Johnson City Schools

“[This] is the best product that I have used to create district assessments. Question alignment is spot on to the standards, and reviewing and choosing questions is seamless.”
– Sherry Cockerham
District Math Coach
Johnson City Schools

“The crown jewel is the immediate assistance one can receive through the live-support chat feature. The immediate support has been very useful.”
-Debra Bentley
Supervisor of Instruction
Johnson City Schools

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