Demonstrating Your Impact

As a teacher, you are asked to provide evidence of students’ performance of the Tennessee Learning Standards in two points of time (Point A and Point B assessments). The student assessments are used to determine the impact of your teaching on student growth between these two assessments. The TN Student Growth Portfolio model was designed to produce authentic student growth measures unique to an individual teacher’s students. Many educators cite professional learning as an added benefit of implementing the portfolio process.

What You Are Expected to Do

Grade Level or Course Domains

Fine Arts

  • K-5 Music
  • General Music (6-8; 9-12)
  • Instrumental Music (6-8; 9-12)
  • Vocal Music (6-8; 9-12)
  • Dance (K-5; 6-8; 9-12)
  • Theatre (6-8; 9-12)
  • Visual Arts (K-5; 6-8; 9-12)
  • Perform
  • Create
  • Respond
  • Connect

Physical Education (K-5; 6-8)

  • Perform

Pre-Kindergarten

  • ELA:  Literature/Narrative
  • ELA:  Informational/Expository
  • Math: Counting and Cardinality
  • Math: Geometry or Measurement

Kindergarten

  • ELA:  Literature/Narrative
  • ELA:  Informational/Expository
  • Math: Counting and Cardinality
  • Math: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade 1

  • ELA:  Literature/Narrative
  • ELA:  Informational/Expository
  • Math: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Math: Number and Operations Base Ten

CTE – Work Based Learning

  • Early Assessment
  • Late Assessment

World Languages (pilot)

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interpretive Communication
  • Presentational Communication
  • Reflection

Student growth portfolios provide a holistic, meaningful picture of the value a teacher adds to his/her students’ learning using work already happening in the classroom. 

A student growth portfolio consists of a purposeful collection of student work organized into evidence collections that demonstrate student growth within the state standards. The portfolio contains student work across two points of time for a differentiated sample of performance (emerging, proficient, and advanced).

Purposeful sampling is the process of choosing student work artifacts for inclusion in the portfolio collections as a formal part of the evaluation process.

What You Are Expected to Submit

Prepare
The initial step in the process is to create a long term instructional plan for the school year, considering when standards will be introduced, pre-assessed, and monitored. Make sure to break apart (deconstruct) standards so that planning can be explicit and clear for students and develop or identify aligned performance tasks that will be used to measure performance. You should utilize the scoring guide for each domain to develop task-specific expectations.

Point A
Collect Point A work at the most appropriate time within the instructional plan. Sort Point A work into differentiated groups of students (emerging, proficient, advanced) based on the scoring guide and task-specific expectations and select three student samples. Download and complete the Context Form for each student and then upload and score the work.

Differentiate
Using the results, you should differentiate your instruction for specific needs and strengths that were identified within the Point A student work artifacts.

Point B
Collect Point B work at the most appropriate time within the instructional plan and score it. The work should be for the same differentiated group. Download and complete the Context Form for each student and then upload and score the work.

Submit
Once the Point A and Point B are scored for all three students, submit each assessment for peer review. Please make sure to submit both the Point A and Point B assessments. This step must be done by April 15, 2018.

Submission Timeline

Teachers are required to complete four evidence collections performance tasks by the following dates.  After teachers submit their evidence collections, trained peer reviewers will evaluate the work and scores will be posted by June 30, 2018.

  • Begin Evidence Collection October 05, 2017
  • Complete Point A Assessments (suggested) December 15, 2017
  • Complete Point B Assessment and Submit All Four Collections April 15, 2018
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Score Reports June 30, 2018

The TN Student Growth Portfolio Process

To help you with the TN Student Growth Portfolio, you will find three main sources of information:

  • This web site for general descriptions, policies, and processes for completing the TN Student Growth Portfolio
  • The TN Student Growth Portfolio Scoring Guide for specific details about the tasks, rubrics, and domains for each grade level or course
  • Online video tutorials inside the Educopia system to explain how to upload work and self-score the assessments.

Follow these steps to complete the TN Student Growth Portfolio:

  1. Receive email to activate account on the Educopia system
  2. Activate account and enroll in the appropriate evidence collections
  3. Download TN Student Growth Portfolio Scoring Guide
  4. Review TN Student Growth Portfolio Scoring Guide along with online training module
  5. Upload student work and self-score by specified deadlines
  6. View score report at end of year

Policies for TN Student Growth Portfolio

Portfolio growth model scores maintain all the rights, responsibilities, and legalities of an individual growth measure attained from a TCAP test, and are treated as such within the evaluation process and with human capital decisions. To review the statute and policy, please go to Statute and Policy.