Parents of Metro students are set to receive letters in the coming days detailing the statewide annual achievement test scores of their children. Disappointment is expected.
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Having raised the bar of the state’s academic standards, Gov. Phil Bredesen and others have waged a massive public effort over the past few months to drive home the message: Parents shouldn’t be surprised if they see their children’s test results nose-dive.
“We’re going to see a drop in proficiency levels,” the state’s Education Commissioner Tim Webb has said in the past. “There’s no doubt about that.”
What educators have coined a “standards anxiety” should come to a conclusion in Davidson County soon. According to Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown, individual schools are to begin sending test scores to parents by the end of this week or next week.
The increased standards are two years in the making. In 2008, the state opted to raise the accountability standards of annual TCAP tests, which students between the third- and eighth-grade take each April. Those standards were approved by the state’s board of education this summer.
Because of a new formula used to calculate TCAP scores, state officials have anticipated results of students across the state will show a significant drop-off in student proficiency in reading and math.