For Parents

When students take TNReady, the state’s new and improved English and math assessment, they are taking an important step to being ready for what comes after high school–whether going to career training, college, the military, or work. TNReady will help Tennessee students graduate ready to take on the world and win. TNReady will be a change for our students, and there are things parents can do to help support their students in being ready for this new assessment. The Tennessee Department of Education has more information for parents at its website,

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Learn More about TNReady

TNReady is the new TCAP for math and English. This improved test helps you know if your kids are learning the real-world skills they need to succeed! At you can learn more about the what, how, and why behind TNReady. You’ll also find an in-depth parent guide, sample questions, and other helpful resources.

Click here for the how, what, and why of TNReady.

Know the Difference

TNReady is the new and improved TCAP, which means that many questions are being structured differently, allowing students to show more fully all they know about math and English language arts. This test lets students engage more through interactive questions, ordering questions, and of course, multiple choice. Flip to Page 7 of the TNReady Parent Guide to see specific examples of the question changes between TNReady and TCAP.

Flip to Page 7 of the TNReady Parent Guide

Help with homework without knowing the answer

Tennessee’s higher standards have kids learning some concepts in an earlier grade than their parents did. Remember that parents don’t need to be completely confident with the lesson to help their students. Ask your children to explain concepts they’re working on – teaching someone else is a great way to learn. Because TNReady will ask students to show their work on some problems, you can help them prepare by asking them to show YOU how they got their math or English answer.

Understand Reading Levels

Many books for kids include reading level or age guidelines. RL4, for example, means reading level 4, and RL4.3 indicates month three of fourth grade. Books sometimes include age recommendations, like 009-0011 for ages 9 to 11. Other rating systems include Guided Reading Level, Developmental Reading Assessment, and Lexile Measures. Your child’s teacher can recommend appropriate levels for school and home reading.

Learn more about reading levels

Preparing for Taking the Test with Practice Questions

TNReady, the new TCAP test for math and English, allows students to show fully all that they know. Visit with your child to practice with sample test questions and better prepare for test day.

Click here for practice TNReady questions.

Know the Question Types

TNReady will be a change for students because it is not just a multiple-choice test. You can view sample questions to understand the types of questions your child might be asked on TNReady so that you can make sure your child is ready.

View TNReady questions.

Meet with the Teacher

Meet with your child’s teacher to get insight into both how your child is doing and different ways your child can grow. When you talk with the teacher, you also can learn more about what is happening in the classroom to prepare your child for TNReady. Prepare with questions before the meeting to make the most of your time.

Prepare with questions.

Create a Supportive Study Environment

Creating a supportive study environment at home can make all the difference in being ready for TNReady. Ask your child a few questions to make homework assignments easier to manage. Do you understand what you’re supposed to do? Do you have what you need to do this assignment? Does your answer make sense to you? Read more ideas about helping your child study at home.

Read more on helping your child study at home.

Encourage Reading, So Learning is a Year-long Activity

TNReady is not just a “fill in the bubble” test. It measures real-world reading, writing, and analytical skills. Support your student in developing these skills with activities at home. Encourage your child to read grade-level books and engage with them as they read to get ready for TNReady.

Check out this list of grade-level books.

Tap TNReady Resources

Find your go-to TNReady resource. The Parent Toolkit from the Tennessee Department of Education is a great resource on TNReady for parents. The guidebook walks through changes to the state’s math and English language arts TCAP tests and lays out FAQs surrounding TNReady. Of course, your student’s teacher is also another wonderful resource, as well, for helping your child learn and succeed.

Get the Parent Toolkit.

Take Time to Recharge

After the TNReady preparation that has come from high-quality teaching this school year, holiday breaks offer a chance for students and parents to recharge and refocus. Spend time together on fun activities, reading, enjoying music and other arts, and talking about how the school year is going. An enriching time-off will help your child head back to class refreshed and ready to learn more.

Get ideas for school break activities.

Motivate Your Child

As your students return to class, make sure you’re taking notice of not just the things they are working on, but also the things they are excelling at. Encouragement helps children feel confident in their abilities and will allow them to perform well on their assessments, demonstrating what they know and can do.

Discover more ways to motivate your child.

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