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Tennessee Department of Education releases new State Report Card, local results

Brandon Paykamian • Dec 4, 2018 at 11:45 PM

The Tennessee Department of Education released its new, redesigned State Report Card for the 2017-18 school year Tuesday to give parents, educators and community organizations an idea of how their local school districts have been doing.

“We want families to have easy access to information about their school’s performance and how it is meeting the needs of all students, and we want them to have that context on a variety of metrics that encompass success,” Commissioner Candice McQueen said a Tuesday news release.

“The report card provides parents and community members with an additional snapshot of information to understand how their school is performing, see successes, and know where to ask questions and get engaged.”

The new report card ranks districts based on academic achievement, academic growth, chronic absenteeism and graduation rates. The report also includes a new measure called the Ready Graduate Indicator, which looks at students’ college and career readiness after high school and whether students received above a 21 on their ACT scores or 1060 on the SAT. 

The report measures the percentage of students performing on grade level on TNReady state assessments, as well as the improvement in this percentage from one year to the next. A student is considered on grade level if he or she scores “on-track or mastered.”

The full statewide 2017-18 ratings — designed much like a GPA scale of 0 to 4 to measure schools’ performance and improvement — were as follows:

Forty-three percent of Tennessee schools earned higher than a 2.0 in terms of academic achievement, 50 percent of schools earned higher than a 2.0 in student growth, 71 percent of schools earned higher than a 2.0 for students chronically out of school, 59 percent of schools earned higher than a 2.0 in English proficiency, 67 percent of schools earned higher than a 2.0 for ready graduates and 84 percent of schools earned higher than a 2.0 for graduation rates.

Here is a breakdown of Johnson City Schools and Washington County Schools:

60.3 percent of Johnson City Schools’ students in grades 3-12 scored “on-track or mastered” on annual state tests, compared to 39.1 percent in the state. The school system had a 58.7 percent success rate in math, up 2.7 percent since 2017; a 50.6 percent success rate in English, down 0.1 percent; a 73.6 percent success rate in science, down 0.1 percent; and a 55.3 percent success rate in social studies, up 4.8 percent. The report also indicated that nearly 11 percent of students were “chronically out of school” after a 0.3 increase from the previous school year.  

The graduation rate was 91.8 percent, up 0.8 percent since 2017, and a 51 percent “ready graduate” rate, up 2.6 percent. For 2017-18, these graduation figures reflect the performance of the 2017 graduating class.

Washington County Schools’ had an overall achievement rate of 46.3 percent on-track or mastered. In mathematics, the school system had a 39.9 percent success rate, down 2.4 percent since 2017; a 40.9 percent success rate in English, down 1.6 percent; a 61.3 percent success rate in science, down 3.4 percent; and a 44.7 percent success rate in social studies, up 2.8 percent. Additionally, 13.6 percent of students were “chronically out of school,” marking a 3.1 percent increase.

The graduation rate was 92.8 percent, up 2.6 percent since 2017, and a 42.2 percent “ready graduate” rate, up 2.6 percent.

To take a look at the full state report, as well as other district results, visit reportcard.tnk12.gov. More information on the State Report Card can be found at www.tn.gov/education.

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