2014-15 TCAP Schedule

As required by Public Chapter 892, this is a listing of state mandated assessments for the 2014-15 school year. Specific district calendars may be found on district-level websites.

Grades 3-8

TCAP Achievement

During the 2014-15 school year, TCAP will include Reading/Language Arts, math, and science. TCAP Achievement is provided in modified formats including, English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA) for English Learners, as well as Braille and large print for students with visual impairments.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 §1111 (b) and T.C.A §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability. ELSA is administered in accordance with the No child Left Behind Act of 2001 §1111 (b)(3)(ix-x).  Modified assessments in Braille and large print are administered in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 §1111 (b)(3)(C)(ix)(II).

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

Administration Window

April 27 - May 8

Districts may select a five-day testing window within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

Each test (by subject) is divided into two sessions. The total testing time for each is:

Grade 3
  • Reading/Language Arts: 123 Minutes
  • Mathematics: 84 minutes
  • Science: 104 minutes
Grades 4-5
  • Reading/Language Arts: 123 minutes
  • Mathematics: 75 minutes
  • Science: 95 minutes
Grades 6-8
  • Reading/Language Arts: 126 minutes
  • Mathematics: 75 minutes
  • Science: 95 minutes
Results to Parents & Students

Quick Score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student’s performance, are provided to districts by end of school year.  These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

TCAP Social Studies Field Test

Required

Yes

Purpose & Use

During the 2014-15 school year, students will take the TCAP Social Studies as a field test.  This field test will not count toward students’ grades, but feedback and results from the field test will help design a strong and rigorous assessment to measure learning in social studies.

Administration Window

April 13 - May 8

Assessment will be administered online, and districts may select a five-day testing window within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

To Be Determined

Results to Parents & Students

Because this is a field test during the 2014-15 school year, the results will not count toward students’ grades. Individual student results will not be shared with districts and parents, as the results will only inform the future design of the test.

TCAP Writing

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with TCA §49-6-6003 for grades 5 and 8. The remaining grade levels are required by Public Chapter 905, the Data Accessibility and Transparency Act, §10 (a).

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student has grown their writing and critical thinking skills over the course of a school year.

Administration Window

February 2 - 27

Districts may select a five-day testing window within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

The test is taken in two 60 minute sessions.

Results to Parents & Students

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail individual student results in late May.  Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

Grades 9-12

End of Course

Algebra I, Algebra II, English I, English II, English III, Biology I, Chemistry I

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

Administration Window
  • Summer: July 6 - 24
  • Fall: December 1 - 18
  • Spring: April 27 - May 12

Districts select a five-day testing window to administer all End of Course tests within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

Untimed

Results to Parents & Students

Quick Score reports, which provide teachers and parents with a snapshot of their student’s performance, are provided to districts by end of school year.  These are used to help calculate final grades for report cards.

Districts receive individual performance reports which summarize student performance in more details in midwinter for tests given in the fall. Districts will receive these reports in early summer for tests given in the spring, and districts will receive results again in early fall for tests given over the summer.  Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

TCAP End of Course U.S. History Field Test

Required

Yes

Purpose & Use

During the 2014-15 school year, students will take the End of Course U.S. History  field test. This field test will not count toward students’ grades, but feedback and results from the field test will help design a strong and rigorous assessment to measure learning in social studies.

Administration Window

April 13 - May 8

Assessment will be administered online, and districts may select a three-day testing window within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

To Be Determined

Results to Parents & Students

Because this is a field test during the 2014-15 school year, the results will not count toward students’ grades. Individual student results will not be shared with districts and parents, as the results will only inform the future design of the test.

TCAP Writing

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with TCA §49-6-6003 for grade 11 and required in remaining grade levels as stated in Public Chapter 905, the Data Accessibility and Transparency Act, §10 (a).

Purpose & Use

This test is given to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to help measure how much a student has grown their writing and critical thinking skills over the course of a school year.

Administration Window

February 2 - 27

Districts may select a five-day testing window within the state’s administration window.

Length of Assessment

The test is taken in two 60 minute sessions.

Results to Parents & Students

District receives individual performance reports which detail individual student results in late May. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

English Learner Assessment

ACCESS for English Learners

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 §1111 (b)(3)(C)(ix)(III). 

Purpose & Use

Administered to English Learners to evaluate English proficiency.

Administration Window

To Be Determined

Length of Assessment

To Be Determined

Results to Parents & Students

To Be Determined

Special Education Assessment

TCAP-Alt PA

During the 2014-15 school year, TCAP-Alt PA will include Reading/Language Arts, math, and science. TCAP-Alt PA is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards. This assessment is appropriate for students with a significant coginitive disability as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

The development of alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and their use for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) decisions is authorized under a Department regulation (34 C.F.R. Part 200) published on December 9, 2003.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and title I require inclusion of all students with disabilities in the State assessment system.

Purpose & Use

This test is given to help measure how much a student grows academically over the course of a school year.

Administration Window

Teachers may begin to collect data on the first day of school. Data collection may go through the end of January. All assessments are due to the vendor the week of February 2, 2015.

Length of Assessment

Each graph should include 15 data points. The number of graphs submitted is dependent on the appropriate scoring rubric and the grade level of the student. 

Grades 3-8

  • Submit content related to Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

Grades 9-12

  • Reading/Language Arts: Recommended in 11th Grade
  • Mathematics: Recommend in 9th Grade
  • Life Science: Recommended in 10th Grade
Results to Parents & Students

Districts receive individual performance reports which detail student performance in early summer. Districts can choose how and when to share these reports with parents.

Additional Assessments for Specific Grades

ACT Explore

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use

Only eighth graders take this test. The ACT Explore is designed to gauge college readiness for individual students.

Administration Window

September 15 - November 7

Length of Assessment
  • English: 30 minutes
  • Mathematics: 30 minutes
  • Reading: 30 minutes
  • Science: 30 minutes
Results to Parents & Students

Student level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.

ACT Plan

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use

Only 10th graders will take this test. This assessment is designed to gauge individual college readiness.

Administration Window

September 15 - November 7

Length of Assessment
  • English: 30 minutes
  • Mathematics: 40 minutes
  • Reading: 20 minutes
  • Science: 25 minutes
Results to Parents & Students

Student level reports are provided to students approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT.

ACT/SAT

Required

Yes; Grade 11

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with T.C.A §49-6-6001(b).

Purpose & Use

These exams are used to measure college readiness and HOPE scholarship eligibility.

All Tennessee students receive one free voucher for either ACT or SAT; requests for vouchers should be at the student’s school.

Administration Window

Statewide ACT Assessment: March 3

Students may also take the ACT Weekday Test. These test dates are listed at ACT Registration | Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada.

Students may also take the SAT on the dates listed at US SAT Registration..

Participation in the statewide administration counts as using a voucher.

Length of Assessment
ACT:
  • English: 45 minutes
  • Math: 60 minutes
  • Reading: 35 minutes
  • Science: 35 minutes
  • Writing: 30 minutes
SAT:
  • 25-minute essay
  • Six 25-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • Two 20-minute sections (mathematics, critical reading and writing)
  • 10-minute multiple choice writing section
Results to Parents & Students

For ACT, student level reports are provided to student approximately three to eight weeks after the administration of the assessment by ACT. 

You may find information about the delivery of student level scores at SAT Scores

National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)

Required

Yes

Applicable Federal/State Law

Administered in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 §1111 (c)(2) which requires the state to participate in the biennial state academic assessments of fourth grade reading and mathematics.

Purpose & Use

Only a small sample of Tennessee fourth and eighth graders will take this test. This test, often called the nation’s report card, measures Tennessee’s academic achievement against other states also taking this test. 

Administration Window

January 26 - March 13

Length of Assessment

60 minutes

Results to Parents & Students

No student level results provided

Last Update: September 2, 2014