Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

Applicable Federal/State Law*

These tests are administered in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A. §49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.  Modified assessments in Braille and Large Print are also provided in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990.

TCAP TNReady - is required by all students in Grades 3-11 per Federal/State Law*

This includes English language arts, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-8 and High School Algebra I & II, Geometry, English I & II, Biology, and US History.

Purpose & Use

These tests are given to measure how much a student grows academically over the duration of the course.  The new format in English language arts and math will measure student understanding of our current state standards, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.

Administration Dates

TNReady EOC for High School

Fall - December 2 to 19, 2019
Spring - April 13 to May 8, 2020

TNReady Grades 3-8

April 13 to May 8, 2020

Results to Parents & Students

A quick score is provided to the district for use in final grades.  Individual student reports are received in mid- to late-July and sent home with the students in August/September.


Multi-State Alternate Assessment - is required for select students in grades 3-8, grade 10, and grade 11 with disabilities (who qualify for the alternate assessment) per Federal/State Law*

This includes English language arts, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-8, Biology for grade 10, and English language arts and math for grade 11.

Purpose & Use

This assessment is administered to students with the most severe cognitive disabilities to measure academic achievement against modified, more accessible academic standards.

Administration Dates

March 16 to May 1, 2020

Results to Parents & Students

Scores are received in mid- to late-July and Individual Student Reports are sent home in August/September.  Results may be discussed during the student's IEP meeting.

Access for ELLs - is required for all English Language Learner students in grades K-12

Access for ELLs consists of four tests to evaluate English Proficiency.  Title III of the No  Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to administer an assessment designed to measure students' progress in "...attaining proficiency, including a child's level of comprehension, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English".

Administration Dates

February 17 to April 2, 2020

Results to Parents & Students

Individual performance reports are received in June and sent home in August/September