Testing Shows Third Graders Behind in Reading

The results are in, and 60% of Tennessee third graders are behind in reading.

The Tennessee Department of Education released the preliminary results from statewide TCAP exams, or the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

For the first time ever, students can be held back if they don’t do well enough on their TCAP reading assessment.

The state Department of Education released test results to districts on Friday. Districts are still sending out scores. So far, the state has released publicly that 13% of third-grade students exceeded expectations, 27% met expectations, 35% are approaching expectations, and 27% fell below expectations.

Tennessee school districts are responsible for communicating with families about their student’s scores and pathways to fourth-grade promotion, including the TCAP retake opportunity, free summer camp, and/or tutoring in the upcoming school year. 

Third-grade students who scored “below” or “approaching” are eligible and will be prioritized for these supports, although some students may meet certain exceptions outlined in the law. Check with your school district for more information.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (30 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,905 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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