TDOE Releases 2023-24 ELA TCAP Results

3rd grade scores steady, 4th grade shows notable improvement.

The Tennessee Department of Education has published the statewide average results for the 3rd and 4th grade English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the spring 2024 Tennessee Comprehensive Academic Program (TCAP) assessment. The data reveals that scores for 3rd grade remained consistent, while 4th grade students exhibited significant progress. This improvement is attributed to Tennessee’s comprehensive statewide literacy strategy for its public schools.

“Tennessee’s strategic education investments have resulted in significant gains in reading for students across the state,” said Governor Bill Lee. “As we continue our work to ensure that all Tennessee students can read at grade level, we remain committed to supporting teachers and empowering families with multiple pathways to achievement so every student can thrive in their academic journey.”

For the ELA portion of the spring 2024 TCAP, 3rd grade scores saw a slight increase to 40.9% proficiency. Meanwhile, 4th grade students achieved a 2.9 percentage point increase in proficiency, reaching 46.4%. This progress highlights the year-over-year gains for this cohort of students who reached an historic achievement level last year. Additionally, the number of 4th grade students scoring in the “below expectations” category was the lowest ever recorded, indicating more students are meeting or approaching proficiency standards.

“Due to the hard work of students, teachers, districts, and families, the investments and initiatives to improve literacy rates in Tennessee have resulted in year-after-year gains, thanks to the dedication of Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly,” said Lizzette Reynolds, Commissioner of Education. “With the partnership of our districts and schools, we will continue the course to ensure all students are provided with opportunities and resources to be successful readers and learners.”

Statewide averages for 3rd grade ELA performance have been recorded from 2017 through 2024, showing steady progress in literacy rates.

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Tennessee Board of Regents Earns Top Workplace Honor

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has been named a 2024 Top Workplace by the Tennessean, ranking 5th in the midsize category based on employee feedback. This recognition highlights TBR’s commitment to creating a positive work culture and supporting its staff, who play a crucial role in the success of The College System of Tennessee. TBR also won the Spirit Award at the awards dinner, showcasing their team spirit and dedication.