|1. Focus strongly where the Standards focus
|2. Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics* within grades
|3. Rigor: in major topics* pursue:
with equal intensity.
- conceptual understanding,
- procedural skill and fluency, and
| Source: Student Achievement Partners Revised (7.2.12)
4th Grade TCAP Math Practice Test
Language in a previous Director Update indicated that “All . . . math items associated with dropped State Performance Indicators (SPIs) have been removed from the practice tests/item samplers.” We offer the following correction:
Item number 55, located on page 83 of the 4th grade math practice test set two
, was written to assess one of the State Performance Indicators that the department dropped from this year’s TCAP assessment. Upon learning that this item was inadvertently included in the practice test, a thorough review of all 3-8 math practice tests and item samplers occurred to make certain that none of them contains an item written to assess a dropped State Performance Indicator. The department is also conducting an additional review of all 3-8 math TCAP assessments to ensure that none contains an item written to assess a dropped State Performance indicator.
The estimated performance level cut scores we provided are not impacted by the omission of one item.
The TCAP will remain slimmed and narrowed in the 2013-14 school year. In 2014-2015, PARCC assessments will replace all math 3-8 TCAP assessments.
In order to emphasize the importance of the Focus Standards, provide students and teachers feedback on readiness for the CCSSM, as well as prepare students for the innovative item types expected on PARCC assessments, the Constructed Response Assessment (CRA) has been expanded to include all grades 3-8 in 2012-13. The new CRA will only assess the TNCore Focus Standards in math. Students will take three CRA’s:
- First administration window: October 15, 2012 to October 26, 2012
- Second administration window: February 11, 2013 to February 22, 2013
- Third administration window: April 29, 2013 to May 17, 2013.
The first two CRA’s are considered interim tests and will be scored by teachers; the third CRA, a summative assessment, will be scored by the state, and results will be reported back to schools in July. The CRA will be a no-stakes test meaning teachers, schools, and districts will not be held accountable for student performance for the next two years. All districts are expected to participate in each of the three CRA administrations.
: There is no change to End of Course (EOC) assessments for high school courses in the 2012-13 school year. In 2013-14, EOCs will also be slimmed and narrowed, with SPIs not aligned to the CCSSM being removed. In 2014-2015, the EOC’s will be replaced by PARCC exams for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.
A roundtable discussion with Assistant Commissioner Emily Barton, Leadership Council member John Prince, and Core Coach Marrie Lasater.