Grade 3 TCAP reading assessment
What does this measure?
The percentage of students who tested as proficient or advanced on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program exam in Grade 3 reading. The test is scored by placing a student's performance in one of four levels.
Why is this important?
Early reading skills are critical to a successful school experience and a productive work life. Research has shown that reading on grade level by third grade is an especially powerful predictor of later success in school and high school graduation.
How is our region performing?
In 2015, 43% of third-graders in the region passed the reading exam (proficient or advanced), on par with the statewide rate. Among the counties, Loudon and Knox had the highest passing rates (both at 46%), followed by Blount (43%). Jefferson County Schools had the lowest rate in 2015, with 31% of third-graders passing. Since 2010, passing rates have fluctuated, but ended 2 points lower in 2015 than in 2010.
Passing rates were highest in Maryville Schools in Blount County (62%) and Clinton Schools (51%) in Anderson County. Along with Jefferson County Schools, rates were low in Lenoir City Schools (33%) and Union County Schools (34%).
Notes about the data
Due to the implementation of new curriculum standards and assessments in 2010, results for previous years are not comparable.