Release of 2014 TCAP Operational Items

One of my biggest criticisms of the State Department of Education is the refusal to release item level data and operational test items from previous years.  The absence of this sort of data makes it impossible to make sound educational decisions using data analysis from “the test” that so many policy decisions are based upon.

I am happy to report now though that for the first time, TN has released operational items from the Spring 2014 TCAP assessment coupled with school level item analysis reports.  This is huge.

In order to access the operational items for Math, RLA, and Science, you will need to have a TDOE EdTools (RANDA) login.  In order to access the school level item analysis for these items, you will need a Pearson Access login.  Typically, the school administrator and/or testing coordinator will have logins for these sites.

The message sent from the state yesterday is below:

In December 2014, Gov. Haslam committed to provide educators with more information and feedback on state assessments. We are pleased to announce that the item release information is now LIVE on EdTools and PearsonAccess. The item release for each subject/grade has the following items:

  • Item release book
    • Containing item text, answer choices and answer key
    • Located on the Resources tab on EdTools by administration date -Student Response Reports 
    • Providing the percentage of students who selected each of the possible answer for the released items
      • Please note that these files will only be available at the state level and will not include district- or school-level data.
    • Located on the Resources tab on EdTools by administration date
  • Item Analysis Reports 
    • Showing the percentage of students who answered each item correctly at the school level, system/district level, and state level
    • Located on PearsonAccess at the district and school levels
      • The reports are at the end of the organization reports.

The released items are operational test items only and do not include items that were field tested or used in linking to the 2014-2015 assessments. Additionally, in some cases we were unable to secure copyright for some passages for public release, therefore these passages with their affiliated items will not be included.