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Writing Assessment

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 (TCAP/WA) will continue to emphasize the importance of reading and comprehending complex texts and writing in response to sources, to prepare students for the type of content expected on PARCC assessments.

Directors and system testing coordinators indicated their plans around the administration of optional grades for the TCAP Writing Asssessment via an online District Assessment Options survey in June 2013.

Click here for detailed testing information on the TNCore site.

Click here for the 2013-14 Assessment Calendar in a printable format.

2014 TCAP/WA Administration Window

Required - Grade 5, Grade 8 and Grade 11

For all districts:

Feb. 3 - Feb. 14

Optional - Grades 3,4,6,7,9,10

If districts opted to test optional grades:

Grade, 3, 6, 9: Feb. 17 - Feb 21

Grade, 4, 7, 10: Feb. 24 - Feb 28

2014 TCAP/WA Administration Details

All students tested in grades 3 through 11 will complete an online test in February.

  • Each writing assessment will consist of two complex texts and two essays.
  • Text 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 prose constructed response (PCR) analytical essay about both texts. The essay will be informational/explanatory or opinion/argument.
  • The assessment will have an extended time limit. Total time will equal a maximum of 2.5 hours in all grade levels. The time on task allowed for this assessment will be 2 hours. Teachers will be allowed to institute a break after 1 hour. This break would last approximately 30 minutes.
  • The assessment in all grades will be scored centrally at Measurement Incorporated.

The 2014 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.

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.

For Parents, Teachers & Administrators

2014 TCAP Writing Assessment

Testing Dates

2014 TCAP Writing Assessment Test Administration Manual (Coming Soon)

2013 TCAP Writing Assessment

2013 TCAP Writing Assessment Educators Guide to Test Report Interpretation

2013 Parent's Guide to Test Report Interpretation