Over 1/3 Of Nashville Third Graders Still In Jeopardy Of Retention After ELA Retest

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

About 34% of Metro Nashville third graders still potentially have to deal with summer school and remediation after failing to pass a second attempt on the English Language Arts portion of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).

After the first round of testing, MNPS stated that about 39% of their 6000 third grade students were in danger of retention for failing to meet proficiency standards on the test. State law that took effect this year states that this year’s third graders can only be promoted to fourth grade if they receive an improved score on the retest, attend a free summer learning camp, participate in state-provided tutoring or win an appeal. 

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MNPS spokesperson Sean Braisted stated that approximately 11% of those who retook the test last week passed. Another 10% raised their score from the “below” proficiency category to the “approaching” proficiency category.

If a student score is “approaching,” that student can choose to attend at least 90% of a free summer learning opportunity and retest at the end of the summer or to participate in state-provided tutoring for the next school year in the fourth grade. Students who scored “below” proficiency are required to attend both summer school and year-long tutoring to avoid repeating the third grade.


The summer program at MNPS – Promising Scholars – started on Thursday, June 1. The program currently has over 17,000 students – including almost 4000 third graders – enrolled with approximately 1800 staff members.

MNPS expect some of those students to have their appeals, which opened up earlier this week, approved by the state as well.

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

One thought on “Over 1/3 Of Nashville Third Graders Still In Jeopardy Of Retention After ELA Retest

  • June 3, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Looks like the worthless LAUSD made its way to Nashville ?
    I would suggest that parents who care about their children should do some research into what is referred to as ‘Russian Math Classes’. Two brilliant women in Silicon Valley are the founders.
    Bill Lee knows about this program and how it can advance the education platform of the students of Tennessee.
    China and Russia produce Scientists and Engineers.
    America now produces Gamers, Couch Potatoes and Ambulance Chasers.
    Think about that for a moment?


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