TCAP WRITING ASSESSMENT
Williamson County Schools students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will
take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) Program
Writing Assessment the week of February
4-8. Fifth graders will take their assessment February 5.
Individual schools will establish their own schedule for grades
8 and 11.
The purpose of the
TCAP Writing Assessment is to measure each student's progress
toward achieving Tennessee goals and standards.
This year, several aspects of the test are
being changed to meet the expectations of the new Common Core
The design of the prompts has changed.
The students will encounter a reading stimulus and
prompt that they are required to read before they begin
to write. A reading stimulus can be a work of
fiction or an informational piece. Speeches,
poems, charts, graphs, letters, legal decisions, or
timelines may also be considered as reading stimulus.
The prompt will appear in a text box at the end of the
reading stimulus. The students will have to
utilize information from the reading stimulus to write
their response. In some cases, students may encounter
two paired passages. They may even encounter two
different types of reading stimulus.
The new prompts have a new time limit
of one hour. All public school eighth and eleventh
graders will take the test only online.
For the February 2013 Assessment Only:
Fifth graders will encounter a reading
stimulus and a narrative prompt.
Eighth graders will encounter a reading
stimulus and an expository prompt.
Eleventh graders will encounter a reading
stimulus and a persuasive prompt.
In future test administrations, students on
any of the tested grade levels may encounter a narrative,
expository or persuasive type of prompt.
Historically, the TCAP Writing Assessment has
been scored holistically using one rubric across all grade
levels. A new scoring instrument is being developed to better
accommodate the new design of the 2012-13 prompts.
Tennessee is a predominately English language
speaking state. All assessments are provided in English only.
Tennessee does not offer assessments formatted in the native
language of our students other than English.
information, visit the following website,
which includes released versions of the new prompts, new
rubrics and explanatory materials.