Tackling the TCAP 2011
March 4, 2011
What is the TCAP?
TheAchievement Test is a timed, multiple choice
assessment that measures skills in Reading,
Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social
Studies. Student results are reported to parents,
teachers and administrators.
How are the results important?
Scores reported to state regarding
student achievement, as it relates to
content criteria and is reviewed for
These results available yearly on
school report card:
New Standards/ New Reporting
“New standards and assessments are more
reflective of national and international
student performance in the 21st Century.”
The 2009 achievement scores and all grades connected
with these scores are considered the new baseline for
future public reporting. The 2009 change has prohibited
comparisons to previous years data for achievement
reporting including state, district, and school-level scores
TCAP Week at Willow Brook
TCAP Campaign (April 11th-15th)
One Week After Spring Break
TCAP Week at Willow Brook
Monday-Thursday April 12th-April 15th
Make-ups Friday April 16th and Monday
What can you do from home?
Get in Bed Early
Get a good breakfast at home or
Try to avoid arguments or difficult
conversations the day of the test
Do NOT over-stress achievement
What can we do from home?
What if We’re Running Late?
PLEASE DON’T BE LATE!!!!
Children perform much better when
they are on time and a part of their
normal routine. Being late in the
morning can cause additional anxiety
for students...set the alarm early
during testing week!!
Easing Pre-Test Jitters
It's normal for kids to get nervous before a
significant test. This is actually a good
thing. That adrenaline boost can be helpful,
but it can be hard to obtain and maintain
that perfect level of nervousness. If your
child is overly worried in your opinion, try
Reassure your child
Remind them that it is important to do your
best, but also tell your child that the test will
be used to evaluate how well a school or
school district is educating its students. It's
important for kids to have a sense of the
Put the test in perspective
Explain that test scores are looked at along
with many other pieces of information in
determining your child's achievement level.
Her grades and progress over time, for
example, are also very important. This may
be a big test, but it is still just one test!
Take a deep breath
If your child is a very nervous test-taker, have her
do deep breathing exercises before the test. She
can take a deep breath and count to ten. Then have
her take shorter deep breaths in between passages
or sections of the test -- counting to three only.
This exercise is fast and simple, but it really
Discuss what to expect
Go over with your child when and where
the test will be given.Remind him/her that
we know what is covered on the test and
roughly how long it will take to finish it.
Everything that is on the test is something
he or she has prepared for in class, right
down to what the test looks like!!
Make sure you child has the energy they will need!!
Make sure your child will be comfortable
and alert on the day of the test. He should
get a good night's sleep the night before.
Breakfast the morning of the test.
Remember Food=Fuel for the brain!
Students are rewarded by Mrs. Miller for
each of these steps!!
Get to school EARLY to remain calm!!
Being on time can be reassuring to a child,
allowing them to get their day off to a good
start that continues on into the test...
Get your child’s day off to
the BEST start possible!
A happy child performs at his/her best!
Try to avoid difficult decisions or conflicts
before school on test days
Dress in layers
Have your child dress comfortably in layers
so that he can take sweaters or warm shirts
off or put them on, depending on the
temperature of the room.
Remind your child to listen carefully to the
instructions from the teacher and to read the
directions and each question carefully.
Encourage your child to stay focused on
the test, even if other students finish early.
Some answers to kids' most common
questions about test-taking strategies...
Q: Should I guess if I don't know the
A: In many cases, the answer is yes. Most
tests don't take off points for answering
incorrectly; they just don't add any!
Q: What should I do if I'm stuck on a
A: Skip it. Your child can always return to the question
once he's answered those he's more sure about. But advise
your child to be careful about filling in the answer sheet. It
may seem obvious to skip that line on the answer sheet
when you skip the question, but in the more intense
atmosphere of a testing situation, it's easy to forget to do
Q: How can I avoid skipping a line
on the answer sheet?
A: Too often, kids find themselves at the
end of a test, with two or three answer
choices left to fill in on the answer sheet! It
can be a nightmare for kids to go back and
see where they went wrong, while keeping
an eye on the ticking clock.
Avoid skipping an Item by...
Here's how your child can avoid this situation: If your
child is given blank pieces of paper to use as scrap, she can
use the straight edge of one of those papers to keep her
place on the answer sheet. Have her practice bubbling in an
answer sheet before the test, so she can get used to moving
the paper down a line with every question answered. The
provided ruler can also be used.
Test Prep and Resources
Visit the Counselor Corner on the
Willow Brook Website:
Interpreting test results
TCAP Brochure Provided by Pearson