After scores fall, focus on Common Core impacts TCAP resultsDownload the PDFChalkbeat Tennessee
Aspire's focus on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) creates misalignment with Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) after state switches from CCSS assessment back to TCAP. "Tennessee had planned to begin using PARCC, an online test tied to the Common Core standards, rather than TCAP, starting this school year. Rather than spending a single year after the takeover at Hanley preparing students for TCAP, Aspire’s school leaders went all in with PARCC preparation. Then the state’s legislature voted last spring to require the state to administer TCAP in 2014-15, and to reevaluate whether to use PARCC at all."