The Department of Education released individual district scores Wednesday for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End Of Course (EOC) test results.
TCAP scores are based on student comprehension in three different subjects. Third through fifth-grade students are tested in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics and science. Middle school students are tested in the same three subjects, and additionally social studies. At the high school level, EOC scores are based on five different subjects. Those students are tested on algebra I and II, geometry, English I and II, U.S. history and biology.
According to state-based information, the 2020-2021 Spring TCAP assessment saw a decline in student academic proficiency in the state across all subjects and grade bands. This news was expected, and the declines were mitigated as a direct result of the hard work from state educators.
“This is the first time that we have had standardized test score results since 2019,” said TCS Director of Schools, Dr. Catherine Stephens. “In light of the sudden school closure in March 2020 and the challenging 2020-2021 school year, these test scores will not be utilized for any level of accountability (student, teacher, school or district). These test results will serve as a baseline of information that allows us to glean where students are, what content areas seem to be strong points and what areas need focus and improvement.” “Tullahoma City Schools had a 97.4 percent participation rate in these end-of-year assessments, which was higher than the state’s 95 percent rate and we are proud of that,” Dr. Stephens added. “While there are areas to celebrate, we certainly recognize there are growth opportunities as well. Our teachers, instructional coaches
and administrators will begin the work of analyzing these results in order to make appropriate instructional decisions and meet our students’ needs.”
Tullahoma City Schools finished higher than the state results in four different subjects.
● Sixth and seventh-grade math
● Eighth-grade ELA
● U.S. history
Test scores this past spring also identified growth opportunities for TCS students going forward. While TCS students finished below the state level in some subjects, there were areas where they matched the state mark. Third-graders in Tullahoma met the state proficiency level in both ELA and math, while EOC test-takers matched the state in proficiency in the algebra I assessment.
Tullahoma City School students also saw improvement from their 2019 TCAP/EOC results in three different subjects. As a whole, TCS test-takers improved in U.S. history from two years ago. Third, fourth and eighth graders had a jump in their 2019 ELA scores. Third and fourth graders additionally saw improvement in their math proficiency.
“We are pleased with the improvements that our students made from 2019 to 2021, particularly in light of COVID-19 and the unique challenges this pandemic brought,” Dr. Stephens said. “We are thankful for our amazing teachers and their dedication to our students! Tullahoma City Schools strives for excellence in and out of the classroom.”
Reports for individualized students will be sent home in the coming weeks, so parents can view how their students performed on testing. The Tennessee Department of Education will also provide a TCAP Family Portal to allow parents and guardians immediate and on-demand access to their student’s state test results. Additionally, the portal will track a student’s progress over time with the “test history” feature. Lastly, the portal
will showcase the areas where a student demonstrated strengths and where they can grow and find clear steps to help that student improve.
To access the TCAP Family Portal, parents and guardians will need to visit familyreport.tnedu.gov. Those accessing the portal will need to have their child’s student ID number, which can be found on the mailed report. Additionally, that ID number can be located on their student’s TCS Skyward account, which will be made available beginning Wednesday afternoon.
“The TCAP and EOC scores provide one set of data that allows us to showcase our strengths and highlight our weaknesses,” said Susan Fanning, TCS Director of Curriculum. “It provides valuable information to help our students in the future. We will take the scores and use them to help our students improve moving forward. We just don’t get the scores and move on. We want to use these scores to close the gap of learning loss.”
On top of the EOC scores, Tullahoma High School students also saw an increase in the number of students who scored 3+ on their AP examinations. THS students excelled in calculus AB, calculus BC, English literature, U.S. history, computer science and music theory.