In the early 2010s, states across the nation were gearing up for the new, tougher standards in education called the Common Core State Standards. In Tennessee, new standardized tests were put into effect, but just as the state continues to experience change, the tests themselves are undergoing changes too.
At the time of this writing, the official website of the Tennessee Department of Education states that the current vehicle of statewide assessment for public school students is the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). With the state's Common Core-aligned standards under review and considered for repeal in Tennessee during the past year, statewide testing has seen major shifts and will continue to do so.
One such shift is the coming transition from TCAP to a new battery of tests: The North Carolina-based company Measurement Inc. is developing TCAP's replacement, to be called TNReady, with a rollout likely to occur next year.
Let’s attempt now to clear up some potential confusion with five essential facts about these two assessment programs: