How will TCAP scores affect students?

How will TCAP scores affect students?


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Now that most parents know how their children fared on Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests, many want to know what the scores affect.

TCAP scores can affect your child's grade, class placement and even the jobs for their teachers.

Your child's TCAP test score is used to gauge his performance within a school year.

New this year, it will count toward their grade, but it's not clear yet just how much it will count.

School boards across the state are currently establishing policy to determine what percentage, anywhere between 15 percent and 25 percent, of a child's total grade.

The data is also used to determine how much growth a student has shown in a year's time, known as annual yearly progress. That information will directly affect their teachers.

Student achievement now counts for 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation.

Some school districts may also use the data to determine what classes a student should take, especially when it comes to advanced placement.

Only students in third through eighth grades take the TCAP standardized tests. The Tennessee Department of Education has answers to frequently asked questions on its website.

Parents can also take part in a community forum Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at West High School. Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre will discuss the new higher standards and answer any questions.

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