Tenn. students continue to improve on TCAP

Associated Press • Jun 28, 2013 at 2:57 AM

NASHVILLE — The latest results from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program show students have made strong improvement in math over the last few years, while there's been little growth in reading, education officials said Thursday.

Overall, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said that students across the state performed better on the TCAP tests this year than in 2012, marking three consecutive years of steady improvement.

Since 2009, he said more than half the students in third through eighth grades are on grade level in every TCAP achievement subject. He said they reached higher levels of proficiency this year on 22 of 24 tested subjects than last year.

However, there was a noticeable difference in math and reading results. For instance, the increase in proficiency percentage in math from last year to this year was 3.5 points, while reading was only 0.4.

Huffman acknowledged the state has not done enough to provide "high quality professional development" to teachers for reading, "and so that's been a huge point of emphasis that we've taken on for this summer and for the coming year."

"My hope is that a year from now we'll be standing up here saying math continued to grow really fast, and reading grew just as fast as math," he said.

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