This school year, students in grades 3-11 will take the TNReady TCAP tests for both math and English language arts. TNReady is more than just a new TCAP. It is an improved way to assess what our students know and can do, and it provides our parents with more and better information. Just as we take our children to the doctor for their annual check-ups, TNReady offers parents, students, and teachers with an academic check-up each year to ensure all students are moving forward.
One of the key differences between the old TCAP in English and math and TNReady is that it will be taken online to prepare students with the technology skills they will need to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. The online platform of TNReady will give students a variety of ways to show what they know and can do, something that is hard to do with just multiple-choice tests. We know that teachers use a combination of things like writing assignments and projects, in addition to multiple-choice questions, to measure student learning throughout the year. Therefore, TNReady will better match how students are learning and being assessed every day.
While the best preparation for TNReady will be strong instruction every day in the classroom, we know students need a chance to get comfortable in an online environment. To help you best support your child to be successful in the 2015-16 school year, we have provided a parent checklist for TNReady. These seven tips allow you to support your child as they prepare to be TNReady.
These are just a few ways to help your child be successful all year long. You can download the image above here. If you have additional questions, please visit www.tn.gov/TNReady or talk with your student’s teacher. You can also email TNReady.Questions@tn.gov for additional information.