Disappointment expected when TCAP scores released

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 1:10pm

Parents of Metro students are set to receive letters in the coming days detailing the statewide annual achievement test scores of their children. Disappointment is expected.

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

Having raised the bar of the state’s academic standards, Gov. Phil Bredesen and others have waged a massive public effort over the past few months to drive home the message: Parents shouldn’t be surprised if they see their children’s test results nose-dive.

“We’re going to see a drop in proficiency levels,” the state’s Education Commissioner Tim Webb has said in the past. “There’s no doubt about that.”

What educators have coined a “standards anxiety” should come to a conclusion in Davidson County soon. According to Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown, individual schools are to begin sending test scores to parents by the end of this week or next week.

The increased standards are two years in the making. In 2008, the state opted to raise the accountability standards of annual TCAP tests, which students between the third- and eighth-grade take each April. Those standards were approved by the state’s board of education this summer.

Because of a new formula used to calculate TCAP scores, state officials have anticipated results of students across the state will show a significant drop-off in student proficiency in reading and math.

3 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 9/21/10 at 4:27

I bet 47,000 of the Davidson County public school students know exactly what time lunch is!

By: HokeyPokey on 9/21/10 at 10:02

I've said it before, I'll say it again.

I'd like to see every member of the General Assembly take the TCAP and have the results published.


By: tomba1 on 9/22/10 at 4:23

How convenient of the gov and others to LOWER parents' expectation levels at a point in time when the exact opposite is what is required!

Until parents buy in to the process and accept responsibility for their children and their academic achievement and conduct, there are no expectations for test scores beyond mediocrity at best. So, parents, keep doing what you are doing and you'll keep getting what you're getting. And if that's good enough for you and your kids, so be it; it's on YOU and NOBODY ELSE. Not the gov, not the teachers, not the unions; and not the taxpayers. They have ALL tried and failed miserably for years with mountains of money.

Parents, do you have it in you to break the cycle or are you going to keep passing this mediocrity along to the next generation because you can't or won't or don't want to do anything about it? It's on you; ALL of it. You decide; your kids are waiting for you.