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Metro Students See TCAP Success Despite Standards Split -- Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Metro Nashville Public School students made major leaps forward in the TCAP test, with gains in almost every subject from 3rd to 12th grade districtwide, despite a split between standards taught in the classroom and standards assessed by the TCAP, the district said.

     The hallways are empty at Hillsboro High the week before the first day of school, but the library is full of teachers preparing for the start of another school year.

But the skills they practiced Wednesday, won't necessarily help their students with the end of the year test

TCAP is not in line with the instruction that our teachers give, said Dr. Jesse Register, director of schools.

Register says that's because common core forces educators to teach one thing in the classroom, while the state tests them on completely different standards.

That's a continuing challenge in the classroom for teachers and students, Register said.

In the same press conference, Register explained how despite the standards split, last year, high school students made gains in four of six subjects, and in third to eighth grade, where kids learned common core at an earlier age, test scores were up in every subject.

"Common core is the right place to be and I think there's really a very strong support for that across the country, Register said.

However, many families disagree,  and the backlash against common core has been long and loud across the state.

That's why Register says he'd like to see metro schools lead the way, in bridging the gap.

"What Id like to do next year is abandon TCAP and test district-wide whatever aligned assessment comes so that we'll field test it for the state," Register said.

In the meantime, Register says educators continue to teach apples, while the state tests oranges...

The fall semester for Metro students starts Wednesday.

School-by-school TCAP scores should be available to the public in three weeks, Register said.

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