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3rd Grade Retention Law

Background information on the 3rd Grade Retention Law (TCA 49-6-3115)


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Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, a student in the third grade shall not be promoted to the next grade level unless the student is determined to be proficient in English language arts (ELA) based on the student achieving a performance level rating of “met expectations” or “exceeded expectations” on the ELA portion of the student's most recent Tennessee comprehensive assessment program (TCAP) test.


Based on the language of T.C.A. § 49-6-3115 (a), if a 3rd grade student does not take the TCAP or generate a score on the ELA portion of the TCAP and does not qualify for an exemption, the student shall be treated as if the student is not proficient in ELA.

Four (4) Performance Levels:


Not Proficient:

► Exceeded Expectations (level 4)

► Approaching Expectations (level 2)

► Met Expectations (level 3)

► Below Expectations (level 1)