These results show how the state’s and districts’ shared commitment to mitigating learning loss and investing in student achievement is helping our students to recover and accelerate learning (Photo: The Post)
Earlier this month, the Tennessee Department of Education released the 2021-22 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) state-level results, which show how the state’s and districts’ shared commitment to mitigating learning loss and investing in student achievement is helping our students to recover and accelerate learning. These results include both spring 2022 and fall 2021 end-of-course exams in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee maintained its commitment to an annual statewide assessment to provide reliable data on how students are performing, and this past school year reflects Tennessee schools moving forward with a statewide laser-focus on helping students catch-up from a pandemic and accelerate their learning. Overall, the statewide 2021-22 TCAP student participation rate was 98% with 59 districts having participation higher than 99%.
Results from the 2021-22 TCAP assessments show that elementary students significantly improved their ELA scores and are performing at a level similar to pre-pandemic years. Additionally, improved performance in math was evident for Tennessee students of all ages. Every student group showed an increase in proficiency as demonstrated on the 2022 TCAP assessments
“These results mark encouraging strides for our students and also show the positive impact of early interventions to combat learning loss," said Gov. Bill Lee. "I commend Tennessee teachers for their work to help students make academic gains, close achievement gaps and prepare students for life beyond the classroom.”
Together, district and school leaders, educators, and families have made tremendous efforts to support children, close gaps, and accelerate learning. The 2021-22 TCAP results are the first look at the results of this monumental effort. An overview PowerPoint of the 2021-22 TCAP results is available here and key takeaways include:
English Language Arts (ELA):
Notably, ELA proficiency has returned to pre-pandemic levels in almost all grades, with more students scoring Met and Exceeded than 2019, including:
A 6-point gain in elementary school proficiency, which reflects the highest proficiency the state has seen in the last five years.
A 6-point gain in middle school proficiency from 2021 and matches our pre-pandemic achievement.
A 7-point gain in high school proficiency, which reflects the highest proficiency the state has seen in the last five years.
36.4% of Tennessee students are meeting grade level expectations in ELA.
Proficiency gains were reflected in all tested grades in ELA.
ELA-Related State Supports & Initiatives: Reading 360; Tennessee Literacy Success Act; TN ALL Corps; universal implementation of high-quality instructional materials; summer camps; Best for All Central resources.
3 in 10 Tennessee students are meeting grade level expectations in math.
Based on national projections, math recovery is expected to recover faster than ELA.
Growth in math matched or exceeded gains seen in previous years and is outpacing math projections for pandemic recovery. Between 35-55% of learning loss gaps are closed in math.
Math-Related State Supports & Initiatives: TN ALL Corps; summer camps; Best for All Central resources; free online tutoring resources available for all students.
School Level Spotlight:
Elementary: A 4-point gain in proficiency, which reflects a 33% gap closure from the pandemic.
Middle: A 6-point gain in proficiency from 2021, which reflects a more than 50% gap closure from the pandemic.
High School: A 4-point gain in proficiency, which reflects a 50% gap closure from the pandemic.
Overall, proficiency rates held steady for science, with an increase of 2 percentage points.
All grade levels experienced an increase in students scoring Exceeded Expectations.
Science-Related State Supports & Initiatives: Ongoing partnership with TSIN to expand STEM designated schools from 15 in 2018 to 88 in 2022; extended programming on PBS and Best for All Central resources; expanded STREAM programming in Tennessee summer camps.
Overall social studies proficiency has continued to increase since 2017.
Fewer students scored Below and Approaching, while more students scored Met and Exceeded Expectations.
Social Studies-Related State Supports & Initiatives: Expanded resources on Best for All Central; strengthened the Governor's Civic Seal program; strong statewide implementation of knowledge-building materials in English Language Arts (ELA)
TCAP results reflect summative assessments for English language arts, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-8, high school end-of-course (EOC) exams in English I and II, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Integrated Math I, II, and III; Biology, and U.S. History.
To learn more about the state’s assessment program, visit the department’s State Assessment webpage.