Spring 2021 TCAP state-level results released

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn have announced the Spring 2021 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) state-level results. This is the first set of state-level data related to student academic achievement available since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tennessee schools demonstrated their collective commitment to knowing where students are performing through a 95% student participation rate on the TCAP. Disruption to education as a result of the pandemic has led to declines in student academic proficiency in Tennessee across all subjects and grades, according to a press release.

Key data points from the state-level 2021 Spring TCAP results include:

*Tennessee data shows decreases in students scoring Mastered and On Track.

*Tennessee data shows increases in students scoring Below.

*While this year’s results track with state projections, Tennessee prevented the severe proficiency drops that some states have experienced due to the pandemic.

*Data show the most negative impacts for economically disadvantaged students, urban/suburban students, English learners, and students of color.

*Districts that provided opportunities for in-person instruction in 2020-21 saw less decline in student proficiency.