TCAP Standards, Item Samplers, Practice Tests


Item Samplers:

These are tests provided by the state that have practice questions for the TCAP. In the past, I’ve used these to look at sentence starters to determine what kind of language the state uses when asking questions relating to a particular skill.

Item Sampler 1
Dropped SPIs (standards) from Item Sampler 1

Item Sampler 2
Dropped SPIs (standards) from Item Sampler 2


7th Grade Practice Tests:

The practice tests are also provided by the state. In the past, I’ve used questions from the Item Samplers in class and I don’t use questions from the Practice Tests in class. This way, I can use these as a Mock TCAP before the test preparation to determine which skills students struggle with the most. I’ve also used the questions on weekly progress monitoring quizzes to determine student growth. I like to use these questions because they provide the most realistic data since they are questions coming directly from the state.

Practice Test 1
Dropped SPIs Practice Test 1

Practice Test 2
Dropped SPIs Practice Test 2

8th Grade Practice Tests:

When I begin to run out of reading passages to draw from when constructing practice for the TCAP, I’ve drawn from the 8th Grade ELA Practice Tests in the past. Be careful when pulling questions from these tests. While there are several standards with the same verbage, the questions are more rigorous.

8th Grade ELA Item Sampler

8th Grade ELA TCAP Practice Test


Standards Strands for 7th ELA

Use this document provided by the state to track the standards you are teaching. You should also assess the percentage assessed for each of the six strands to determine how much emphasis you want to place on the standards.

7th ELA Standards Sorted by Reporting Category


It’s also important to know the cutoff percentages for Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. While 92% was the aggregated cut score for Advanced last year, the cutoff for Advanced differs per reporting category. The document below was produced by Tennessee DOE and outlines the number of questions that were included in each reporting category for the 2013 test and the percentage cutoffs for each level of mastery.

TCAP Cut Scores by Reporting Category


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