2013-14 TCAP Writing Assessment NEW!

To support student and teacher readiness for PARCC and to reflect the shifts of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, the 2013-14 TCAP Writing Assessment will continue to emphasize the following skills:

  • Reading and comprehending grade-level complex text (as defined by the Common Core text complexity grade bands)

  •  Writing in response to sources, including incorporating textual evidence into an analysis or argument

The Writing Assessment will still be required in grades 5, 8, and 11 in February. The offerings will be expanded to all grades 3-11. It will be a district option to determine the writing administration plan in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. The assessment will be administered in a window from February 3, 2014 to February 28, 2014. Please see here for more information about administration windows. Click here for a document that outlines the times and shares more information about test content and administration.

The Writing Assessment is modeled after the PARCC Research Simulation Task (RST) and will be structured as follows, with the key changes from the 2012-13 prompts bolded:

  • Students will read two complex informational texts.
  • Texts will cover social studies or science topics in order to demonstrate the range of informational reading possible in a Common Core curriculum.
  • Students will write two essays:
    • One prose constructed response (PCR) essay about the first text. The essay will be an analytical summary (informational/explanatory).
    • One PCR analytical essay about both texts. The essay will be informational/explanatory or opinion/argument.

The 2013-14 TCAP Writing Assessment will continue to have no effect upon district or school level accountability and will not be factored into teacher value-added scores, giving teachers and students a chance to learn and prepare for new standards and expectations in a low-stakes manner.

Sample prompts for the new TCAP Writing Assessment are now available: Sample prompts for the new TCAP Writing Assessment 

Supporting Resources

2013-14 Administration time and guidance

2013-14 Rubrics

An explanation of the changes in format 

Special education accommodations