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About The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Tests



State Testing Information for Tennessee

Portions of the following material were taken from the Tennessee Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Subjects: Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Criterion-Referenced items measure a student's performance according to specific standards, rather than to the performance of other test takers
  • Some schools choose to administer the Achievement Test to students in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2.
  • The results of the TCAP Achievement Test provide valuable information regarding student's progress in Tennessee.


Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Writing Assessment

  • Grade 5 - narrative essay (a story)
  • Grade 8 - expository essay (an explanation)
  • Grade 11 - persuasive essay (an argument)
  • Requires students to write a rough draft essay in response to an assigned prompt (topic) within a limited time period
  • Students are expected to respond to the prompt in an organized, developed format using standard language, but the response is not expected to be a final polished essay.


Tennessee's Alternate Assessments include:

  • The TCAP Alternate Portfolio Assessment (TCAP-Alt PA)
  • A state-wide assessment for students in grades 3 - 8 based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (TCAP MAAS)
  • The Alternative Performance-Based Assessments for students with an active IEP whose disability interferes with performance on an End of Course Assessment


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Grades: 4, 8, 12
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Reading, Science
  • Provides important information on what America‚Äôs students know and can do in various subject areas



Test Descriptions

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Writing Assessment

  • Grade 5 - narrative essay (a story)

  • - Narrative writing encourages imagination and creativity and offers an opportunity for writers to analyze and understand their actions and those of others.
    - The writer uses details that are relevant and combines them to develop a story line that is easy for the reader to follow.

  • Grade 8 - expository essay (an explanation)

  • - The purpose of expository writing is to explain, clarify, or provide the reader with information.
    - Well-written exposition has a clear, central focus developed through a carefully crafted presentation of examples or definitions that enhance the reader's understanding.

  • Grade 11 - persuasive essay (an argument)

  • - The purpose of persuasive writing is to convince or influence the reader to agree with the writer.
    - In well-written persuasion, the topic or issue is clearly stated, and the arguments are developed through the use of facts and examples.
    - A writer may present the other side of an issue but must support his/her position clearly.



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