Tennessee schools release third-grade TCAP pass and fail percentages

Among the percentages released are Dickson County Schools, which a spokesperson said had around 55% of its third graders not pass the exam.
WSMV4's Sharon Danquah reports.
Published: May. 20, 2023 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2023 at 10:29 AM CDT
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DICKSON, Tenn. (WSMV) - More than half of the third graders at Dickson County Schools did not pass the English Language Arts portion of the TCAP, according to officials.

Officials with Dickson County Schools said elementary principals have documents they are prepared to send home on Monday regarding retakes and appeals.

While some counties are releasing score information, others are waiting until next week to send out the results.

In Franklin, officials with the Franklin Special School District, said that 70% of their third-grade students were “proficient” on the TCAP ELA test. However, only 7% of the total 3rd graders will need to retake.

“The others who fell below proficiency met one of the state’s exclusion criteria,” Susannah Gentry with the Franklin Special School District explained.

Franklin Special School District parents who do not want their child retested will need to opt. their child out before the school’s retake date. Officials said the retake dates vary by school and will happen sometime between May 22 and May 24.

“While we can let parents know whether their child is above or below the state’s proficiency cut score, the individual TCAP scores will not be available from the state until August,” Gentry added.

For parents and students in Maury County, scores were released to school administrators on Friday. The school estimated that around 40% of third graders did not pass the test, according to a MCS spokesperson. Parents will be notified if their child needs to retake the exam after administrators look through the numbers, but a specific date and time were not released.

Officials with Cheatham County Schools said they will notify their third-grade families on Monday if their child qualifies for the ELA retake test. They added that the retake test will be given on Tuesday.

Officials with Williamson County Schools released a letter to parents saying they will receive an email generated in Skyward by noon on Monday, May 22 with details about how to access their child’s ELA score. In addition to the score results, the email - which will be sent by noreply@wcs.edu - will also have information about when to retest or interventions or anything that would be appropriate or necessary prior to the fourth grade.

As more scores come in, WSMV4 will keep you updated.