State TCAP "testing window" open for next three weeks

State TCAP "testing window" open for next three weeks

By WCS InFocus

Testing season is just around the corner for Williamson County Schools students.

The state window for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which includes the TNReady exams for grades three through eight and the TNReady End of Course assessments for high school students, begins April 16 and runs through May 4.

Schools do have some additional flexibility with scheduling, so parents should check with their child’s school for exact dates and times.

A more detailed schedule is located on the WCS Assessment Calendar.

TNReady for grades three through eight is required for English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. A TNReady End of Course exam is required for any student enrolled in Algebra I/II, Biology I, Chemistry I, English I/II/III, geometry or U.S. history.

Additional information about each of these TCAP exams can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education’s Assessment page.

“This year, all TCAP testing in grades five through eight and high school will be online while testing in grades three through four will be paper-pencil,” said WCS Assessment Analyst Kevin Deck. “Students have already had an opportunity to experience TNReady-like practice test items in April.”

The state requires that TCAP tests count for 15 percent of the student’s grade in high school courses. Because scores in grades three through eight will return after report cards are issued, TCAP will not be used for these students’ grades this year. Complete score reporting, including parent reports, will be available later summer or early fall.

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