TCAP scores released for county schools: District sees growth in all four subject areas
By Christen Coulon
The Tennessee Department of Education recently released the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Achievement Test scores for the 2010-11 school year.
The TCAP Achievement Tests are timed multiple choice tests across four subject areas administered to students in grades three through eight each spring.
McNairy County School District students scored above the state average in math, social studies and science and slightly below average for reading.
The results showed overall performance growth from the previous year in every subject, and growth in 20 out of 24 categories when measured at the individual subject and grade level.
“I was pleased to see the growth we were able to make in many of the areas,” said Dr. Brian Jackson, Assistant Director of Schools and Supervisor of Instruction. “Generally it takes three years to see a turn around.”
Jackson noted that they are seeing impressive growth results, especially in math, from the previous year.
“Now we have two years worth of data and we see the change coming,” Jackson said.
Growth occurred at every grade level for Math and Science with math scoring a growth of more than 10 percent in terms of the total number of students testing at the proficient or advance level. Reading saw growth in every grade level except for third and fourth grades which remained nearly steady. Social studies saw growth in all grades except for third and sixth grades, however both grades remained well above the state average for that subject with more than 91 percent of total third and sixth graders testing at the proficient or advanced levels.
Jackson said that the reading scores caught everyone off guard, but the good news was that these scores came out early which allows faculty and administrators to prepare themselves for the coming year.
“The faculty use this data. This will help us grow,” Jackson said.
This data will be used not only to improve the students but will also aid in improving the teachers skills as well.
“We put a lot of emphasis on professional development for our teachers,” Jackson said.
The district ranked 35th (out of 135) in social studies with 87.952 percent of the students testing at the proficient or advanced level. This represents a total growth in terms of the number of students of 3.157 percent. The state average for social studies showed that 81.5 percent of students scored at the proficient or advanced level.
McNairy County ranked 52nd in science with 61.512 percent of the students testing at the proficient or advanced level. This represents a total growth of 4.939 percent. The state average for science was 55.3 percent .
Local students ranked 64th in math with 41.833 percent of the students testing at the proficient or advanced level. This represents a total growth of 10.647 percent. The state average for math was 41 percent.
Reading, the only subject in which district students fell below the state average of 48.5 percent, ranked 85th with only 47.012 percent of local students testing at the proficient or advanced levels for reading. This represents a total growth of 1.869 percent.
Jackson said that these test results are preliminary at this point and the state still has an embargo on some of the data, and this includes ACT scores.
“There will be more to share,” Jackson said.
Students in Grades 3-8 take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test each spring. The Achievement Test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Student results are reported to parents, teachers and administrators.
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.
The State is an English only State; all assessments are provided in English only. We do not offer any of our assessments in a Native Language format.