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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TCAP week challenges students

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Joy Caskey, left, assistant principal at Community Middle School, shows off the t-shirt which faculty and students will wear during TCAP Week to instructional supervisor Janice Womble. The tees were designed by students in the school's art classes.
(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
It's TCAP week in Tennessee, and local students will begin participating in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program on Tuesday morning.

"The end of year TCAP tests are very important and allow teachers to identify learning gaps and also areas of strength for each individual student," said Janice Womble, secondary instruction supervisor. "This data can also be used to project student academic success as they move through the grades."

"Our teachers and students have been working very hard this year in preparing for TCAP. These tests give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and we applaud all of the efforts and hard work by our teachers and students throughout the year," said Betty Farrar, instructional supervisor for elementary grades.

Signs of support

Businesses and churches have begun posting supportive messages on their signs throughout Shelbyville, encouraging students to do well on the testing. In addition, between league baseball games this week, students will hear positive messages regarding their test performances.

In the days leading up to the tests, several schools have been hosting TCAP pep rallies to encourage the students. At Cascade Middle School, teachers and faculty have been practicing a dance they will perform in front of the student body to the Michael Jackson classic "Thriller" on Monday.

Community Middle will wrap up their TCAP Boot Camp as tests commence this week. All teachers and faculty are wearing t-shirts designed by the school's art classes to encourage students to do their best.

Parents' task

The back ot the t-shirts designed by art classes at Community Middle School for TCAP week.
(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
While the students are academically prepared to take the tests, parents are encouraged to do their part at home, making sure students get adequate rest during the week, get to school on time in the morning and have a good breakfast either before coming to school or at school.

"Talk to your child about how the test went, what he or she did well, and what he or she could have done to improve their test taking. Use this as another opportunity to discuss test-taking strategies," suggests Sara Wood, principal of East Side Elementary.

Complete picture

While testing is important to establish benchmarks for learning, Wood reminds parents that no test can capture a child's essence.

"Tests do not reveal a child's curiosity, resilience, compassion, or character," Wood said.