Tennessee Students Show Strong Gains on 2015 TCAP

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Commissioner McQueen and Gov. Haslam unveil the results during a press conference at the state capitol.

We’re proud to unveil the 2015 statewide TCAP results. We know that Tennessee students and teachers worked tirelessly this year to teach and learn. Check out some of the highlights from the 2015 statewide results. You can find additional details on our website. District- and school-level results will be released late in July.

  • We continued to see strong gains in our high school End of Course exams. Students made gains in all high school subjects. This is particularly exciting given our state’s goals around postsecondary transition and attainment.
  • All individual grades made gains in math. We have nearly 22,000 more students on grade level in math than last year.
  • Compared to 2011, 131,000 more students are on grade level in math.
  • Students have continued to show strong growth in science as well. Nearly 60,000 more students are on grade level in science compared to 2011.
  • 3-8 students made gains in 13 of 18 tests in math, reading, and science.
  • This year students also made strong growth in English III, which resulted in more than 2,300 students on grade level than last year.
  • Our historically underserved minority groups, black, Hispanic, Native American, and economically disadvantaged students, made gains in all high school subjects.
  • Black, Hispanic, and Native American students also made gains in both 3-8 math and reading, narrowing the achievement gap with their peers.
  • Reading in the early grades continues to be a challenge. While high school students and seventh and eighth graders made gains in literacy, in grades 3-6, the state average in literacy declined.

The 2015 TCAP results reflect the tremendous work of educators, students, and their families to reach higher expectations. Congratulations!

Get additional details about the statewide results on the department’s website. You can also download additional information on high school math and science performance, high school English performance,  student performance in grades 3-8.

Finally, you can compare student performance in high school and grades 3-8 from the 2009-10 school year to today.

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