Tennessee students showed significant improvement overall in this year's Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) testing.
You can see your school district's results on the Tennessee Department of Education website
The Tennessee Department of Education announced the district results on Thursday. They said nearly all of the state's 136 districts saw proficiently levels increase, and two-thirds improved in every subject of the 3-8 TCAP Achievement tests.
"The widespread improvement shows that efforts to raise student outcomes are working in many districts," said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. "Our students, teachers and administrators worked incredibly hard, and we are gratified that so many districts were able to significantly grow results."
In a press release, the TDOE said the results show major improvements in math skills. More than 50 districts saw double-digit growth over last year in Algebra I, with some reporting gains greater than 30 percentage points. Additionally, 23 districts saw double-digit growth in grades 3-8 math.
Knox County Schools highlighted their student's achievements in a press release:
- Gains in overall proficiency rates for all four tested subject areas on the TCAP for grades 3-8 (reading/language arts, math, science, social studies)
- Gains in proficiency in 7 of 10 of the achievement measures (4 TCAP subjects for grades 3-8 and 6 EOCs) publicly released today
- A slight regression in the U.S. History EOC, where KCS's proficiency rate was over 95 percent*
- While gains were made in Algebra I and English I EOCs, there were slight declines in Algebra II and English II
- Preliminary data indicate an increase in proficiency in 3rd grade reading/language arts from 47.8 percent to 51.1 percent
"Our results show that we are continuing to make solid, steady academic progress, and we are grateful to our teachers, students, parents, and staff for their tremendous focus on academic achievement," said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of
the Knox County Schools. "There is much to be proud of in our 2011-12 academic achievement results, and a few areas to focus some additional attention. We will use these diagnostic data to inform our educational and instructional decisions in order to continuously improve, and achieve our ambitious academic goal of Excellence for All Children."
We will have an in depth look at the TCAP scores on Thursday's 10News at 5.