2012 TCAP Results
- This year, Tennessee students in grades 3-8 improved on 23 of 24 TCAP assessments, achieving the highest scores in reading, math and science since the state raised its testing standards in 2009.
- Half of all students in grades 3-8 are at grade level or better in reading for the first time since these new measures were adopted.
- Students in third, fourth and fifth grades—where reading comprehension is key—made bigger gains in 2011-12 than the previous year.
- Math scores have also increased across grades 3-8. About 55,000 more students in Tennessee are proficient or advanced in math compared to two years ago.
- Students in seventh- and eighth-grade math showed among the most dramatic growth over the past two years.
- More than 6 in 10 students scored proficient or advanced in TCAP science.
- Science proficiency levels jumped by more than 15 percent in the past two years, meaning an additional 38,000 students in Tennessee are demonstrating a grade-level understanding of science.
- Scores were flat in eighth-grade reading, the only subject that did not show gains this year.
- Achievement on high school End of Course exams improved in most subjects.
- For the first time since testing standards became more rigorous under the Tennessee Diploma Project, more than half of students scored proficient or advanced in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and History.
- High school students made the biggest gains in Algebra I. Proficiency levels have shot up by over a third in the past two years, with about 9,000 more students scoring well on the End of Course exam in 2011-12 than in 2009-10.
- Scores also increased for Algebra II, while an additional 10,000 high school students took the exam this year under new, more rigorous graduation requirements.
- Students made greater improvement in Biology this year than the year before, with around 56 percent performing at or above proficiency levels.
- Performance on the English I exam declined slightly, by 0.2 percent, last year. U.S. History also saw a small decrease of 0.3 percent, though proficiency levels remain above 95 percent.
Subject by subject results for 2011-12 TCAP 3-8 Achievement Tests and High School End of Course Exams are available
Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced the results Tuesday, June 26 - Press Release