Student Assessment in Tennessee

Students’ skills and academic progress are measured by a set of statewide assessments called the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP.

The results of these assessments are reported to parents, teachers and administrators and can be found on the TCAP Results page or the annual Report Card, released each fall.

Resources

News & Updates

TNReady

In November 2014 the State of Tennessee completed the process to replace the state’s current TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) assessments in English language arts (ELA) and math. The new measurements of learning for ELA and math will be called Tennessee Ready (TNReady) and will be administered beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Read more about TNReady.

2014-15 Assessments

Per legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, TCAP will continue to be used as the state's assessment for math and ELA in grades 3-8 and high school End of Course subjects. Read more detailed information for teachers on what to expect regarding state assessments in the coming year.

2014-15 Social Studies Assessments

The State Board of Education approved an assessment transition plan for social studies for the 2014-15 school year. There will be a field test in 2014-15, and operational social studies testing will resume in the 2015-16 school year.

More information about the field and operational test can be found here. As with other field tests, the results will not be reported to students and will not affect students' grades. Read the entire plan for more information about the transition to the new assessments.

Key Terms

  • TCAP
  • Achievement Test
  • End of Course
  • Practice Test
  • Item Sampler
  • Achievement Levels

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, is a set of statewide assessments given in Tennessee to measure students' skills and progress.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Achievement Test, and high school students take End of Course exams for various subjects.

The Achievement Test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

In addition, some schools choose to administer the Achievement Test to students in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2. The 'K-2 Achievement' link below provides more information.

End of Course examinations are given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology I, Chemistry and Physics.

Practice tests are full-length containing the same number of test items per content area that would be found on the actual Achievement Test taken in the Spring.  The design and layout of the practice tests are very similar to the actual test to better familiarize students with the test format. Practice tests can be used in the classroom setting to simulate a real testing session.  An answer key for the practice questions is provided at the end of each practice test.

Item samplers contain questions that are representative of the types of questions that will be on Spring TCAP Achievement Test.  Each test item in the item sampler is presented with the Reporting Category and Performance Indicator.  In a classroom learning session, these questions can be used to prepare students for the actual test. An answer key for the sample questions is provided at the end of each item sampler.

Below Basic

Students who perform at this level have not demonstrated mastery in academic performance, thinking abilities, and application of understandings that reflect the knowledge and skill specified by the grade/course level content standards and are not prepared for the next level of study.

Basic

Students who perform at this level demonstrate partial mastery in academic performance, thinking abilities, and application of understandings that reflect the knowledge and skill specified by the grade/course level content standards and are minimally prepared for the next level of study.

Proficient

Students who perform at this level demonstrate mastery in academic performance, thinking abilities, and application of understandings that reflect the knowledge and skill specified by the grade/course level content standards and are prepared for the next level of study.

Advanced

Students who perform at this level demonstrate superior mastery in academic performance, thinking abilities, and application of understandings that reflect the knowledge and skill specified by the grade/course level content standards and are significantly prepared for the next level of study.

Last Update: December 10, 2014