2013 TCAP Results

Overall District Growth

  • Scores increased for the majority of districts in almost every subject, showing major gains, particularly in STEM subjects. 
  • District proficiency levels revealed major improvements in math skills.
  • Nearly 30 districts across the state saw double-digit gains in Algebra I, some gaining over 25 percentage points.
  • More than 50 districts saw double-digit gains in Algebra II, some reporting growth over 40 percentage points.
  • More than 115 districts showed improvement on math scores in grades 3-8.
  • The majority of districts across the state narrowed the achievement gap for black, Hispanic and Native American students in the majority of subjects.

Overall State Growth

  • Following the implementation of Race to the Top, Tennessee has seen three consecutive years of overall growth on the TCAP.
  • Nearly 91,000 additional students are at or above grade level in all math subjects now, as compared to 2010 (73,400 in 3-8 math, 7,800 in Algebra I, and 9,800 in Algebra II).
  • Nearly 52,000 additional students are at or above grade level in all science subjects, as compared to 2010 (50,100 in 3-8 science, 1,600 in biology).
  • Economically disadvantaged students (those who receive free or reduced-price lunch) grew at a faster rate in 2013 than their peers.
  • Some gaps between black, Hispanic and Native American students and their peers also decreased.
  • More than 10,000 additional students took the regular TCAP in 2013 instead of a modified special education assessment, in an effort to increase rigor for all students.

School-Level Data

Achievement data for all Tennessee schools: School-Level Achievement Data 

List of 2013 Reward Schools

District-Level Data

District-level data for Grades 3-8 and High School can be viewed and downloaded from the State Report Card.

State-Level Data

Grades 3-8

  • For the first time since standards were reset, more than 50 percent of students are on grade level in every TCAP subject.
  • More than 73,000 additional students are on grade level in math, and nearly 27,000 in reading since 2010.
  • Students made gains on 22 of 24 tested subjects.
  • Math scores grew by 3.5 percentage points.
  • The proficiency rates in 3-8 science grew by more than 2 percentage points.
  • Reading scores grew by 0.4 percentage points.

High School

  • Students made major gains in high school STEM subjects of science and math:
    • 8.7 percentage point gain in Algebra II
    • 6.4 percentage point gain in biology
    • 5 percentage point gain in Algebra I.
  • Students made gains on six of seven End of Course exams.
  • Nearly 18,000 more students are proficient in Algebra I and II since 2010.
  • Proficiency rates increased by about two percent in English I and English III, but moved backward about one percentage point in English II.

File Downloads

  • Subject by subject results for 2012-13 TCAP 3-8 Achievement Tests & High School End of Course Exams: Excel PDF
  • 2012-13 results compared to the previous three years: Excel PDF
  • 2012-13 achievement gaps for student subgroups compared to 2011-12: Excel PDF

For more detailed TCAP results, see the 2013 Report Card.

Last Update: July 21, 2014