TCAP scores show some improvement

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 5:50pm
Staff reports

Student performance in Tennessee has generally improved for the second straight year, based on Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program results released by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration Tuesday.

A greater percentage of high school students performed better on “end of course” test scores over last year in English II, Algebra I and II, and Biology. Results slightly dropped, however, in English I and U.S. History. In fact, test scores in U.S. History dropped for at least the second straight year, based on results posted on the state Department of Education website.

The same group of students saw the most improvement over last year in Algebra I in which 55 percent of students tested scored proficient or advanced. That level of proficiency is up over 2009-2010 “end of course” scores by about 9,000 more students.

About 50 percent of students in third through eighth grades were reading at the appropriate grade level or above during the 2011-12 school year, while 47 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in math, which is about 55,000 more students than in 2009-2010. More than 60 percent of students were proficient or advanced in science — 38,000 more students than two years ago.

According to state officials, students overall achieved higher levels of proficiency in 23 of 24 TCAP achievement tests in third through eighth grades. More information on the TCAP results can be found on here.