TCAP Information Page

TCAP SCORES affect Promotion and/or Grades

TCAP TESTING Dates: Thursday, April 26;

Friday, April 27;

Monday, April 30;

Tuesday, May 1

TCAP is right around the corner, so parents should begin educating themselves on the expectations for their children now.


Questions
1)  What is the TCAP Achievement Test?
2)  Who will take the TCAP Achievement Test?
3)  What subjects are covered on the test?
4)  How will the scores be used?
5)  What types of score reports will be generated from the TCAP Achievement Test?
6)  What types of items will be on the test?
7)  What can parent, teachers, school counselors and administrators do to help prepare students for the test?
8)  Where are parents find more information to help the child prepare for TCAP?
9)  What new 2012-13 changes are now part of The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Writing Assessment?
 
Answers
1)  Q What is the TCAP Achievement Test?
A
The TCAP Achievement test uses multiple choice questions that provide a measure of knowledge and application skills in various subject areas for grades K-8. The results of the TCAP Achievement Test provide valuable information regarding student's progress in Tennessee.
2)  Q Who will take the TCAP Achievement Test?
A
The TCAP Achievement test is mandated for all students in grades 3-8. The test is not mandated for grades K-2; however, school systems may elect to test students in K, 1 and/or 2.
3)  Q What subjects are covered on the test?
A
The test for K includes reading, language arts, and mathematics.

The test for grade 1 includes reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, word analysis, vocabulary, and math computation.

The test for grade 2 includes reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, word analysis, vocabulary, language mechanics, math computation, and spelling.

The tests for grades 3-8 include reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The tests are broken into segments for students to take over several days.
4)  Q How will the scores be used?
A
The results are provided to teachers and school administrators to help them address the instructional needs of Tennessee students. They may be used as one measure of student achievement during the current school year.
5)  Q What types of score reports will be generated from the TCAP Achievement Test?
A
The reports for grades Kindergarten (K) through 2 will provide information comparing the achievement of Tennessee students with the performance of students from across the nation.

The reports for grades 3 through 8 will provide information concerning performance on specific objectives (criterion-referenced) and a description of student performance on academic skills based on the grade span standards (performance levels).
6)  Q What types of items will be on the test?
A
The TCAP Achievement Test will include Criterion-Referenced items for all students in grades 3 through 8 in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
7)  Q What can parent, teachers, school counselors and administrators do to help prepare students for the test?
A

During the School Year:

  • Communicate any concerns regarding the student's performance immediately.
  • Be aware of your school's testing dates and times.
  • Ensure that the student completes all homework assignments.
  • Parents should set aside a daily study time.
  • Discuss the students' school work with him or her regularly.
  • Praise the student for hard work and good effort.
  • Encourage the student to ask questions at home and in class.
  • Convey to the student the importance of a good education.

On the Day of Testing Parent Should:

  • Provide a healthy breakfast for your child.
  • Make sure that your child attends school.
  • Be sure that your child is at school on time and relaxed.
  • Encourage your child to do the best work possible.
  • Not cause your child any unnecessary stress regarding the test.

State Link:

.

8)  Q Where are parents find more information to help the child prepare for TCAP?
A

Achievement Test Item Samplers/Practice Tests

The web link below contains links to the Item Samplers & Practice Tests listed by subject and grade level for the Spring TCAP Achievement Test. 

Item Samplers

The Item Samplers provided in web link 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.

Practice Tests  

**Schools will receive hard copies of the practice tests about two weeks before the actual TCAP Achievement Test.

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.

State Sample Tests

 

9)  Q What new 2012-13 changes are now part of The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Writing Assessment?
A

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Writing Assessment is undergoing major changes in the 2012 -13 school year. Several aspects of the test are being changed to meet the expectations of the new Common Core Standards. All students in fifth, eighth and eleventh grades will take the TCAP Writing Assessment.

The design of the prompts has changed. The students will encounter a reading stimulus and prompt that they are required to read before they begin to write. A reading stimulus can be a work of fiction or an informational piece. Speeches, poems, charts, graphs, letters, legal decisions, or timelines may also be considered as reading stimulus. The prompt will appear in a text box at the end of the reading stimulus. The students will have to utilize information from the reading stimulus to write their response. In some cases, students may encounter two paired passages. They may even encounter two different types of reading stimulus.

The new prompts have a new time limit of one hour. All public school eighth and eleventh graders will take the test only online. Since the middle school and high school students are testing on line, the test administration can be taken within a window time frame from Feb. 4 - 8, 2013.

For the February 2013 Assessment Only:

  • Fifth graders will encounter a reading stimulus and a narrative prompt
  • Eighth graders will encounter a reading stimulus and an expository prompt
  • Eleventh graders will encounter a reading stimulus and a persuasive prompt

In future test administrations, students on any of the tested grade levels may encounter a narrative, expository or persuasive type of prompt.

Students with an IEP in place and ESL students may have the accommodations that are typically afforded. Students with a read aloud accommodation in place may utilize this accommodation. This is a function that can be provided by the computer software.

Historically, the TCAP Writing Assessment has been scored holistically using one rubric across all grade levels. A new scoring instrument is bring developed to better accommodate the new design of the 2012-13 prompts.

Tennessee is a predominately English language speaking state. All assessments are provided in English only. Tennessee does not offer assessments formatted in the native language of our students other than English.

Please visit this website, which includes released versions of the new prompts, new rubrics, and explanatory materials. http://www.tncore.org/english_language_arts/writing_test.aspx