Knox County graduation rate tops 90 percent
November 1, 2012
|“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of our teachers, our staff, our students, our parents and our community. Great teachers, high standards, continuous improvement, research-based instructional strategies and the concept of multiple pathways to success are making a difference in terms of positive student academic achievement and growth.”
Dr. Jim McIntyre
Superintendent of The
Knox County Schools.
State Department of Education Media Release
Report Card Grades by School
Longitudinal Graduation Rates
Full Report Card Database, State Department of Education
The Tennessee State Report Card includes state, district, and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline. The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public schools in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a Report Card for the public to assess each year.
The Knox County Schools (KCS) earned B, B, B, and A achievement grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies respectively. The State of Tennessee posted B grades in all subject categories. Achievement grades are based on how well students performed on the TCAP assessments against the curriculum standards.
In overall value-added results, the KCS earned C, B, C, and A grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies respectively. The State of Tennessee posted C, B, C, and B grades respectively. Value-added data measures student growth within a grade and subject, which demonstrates the influence the school has on the students’ performance.
Additional highlights of the data show:
• For the second consecutive year, KCS’s overall scores were either higher or on par with the State of Tennessee in every category.
• The KCS advanced from a B to an A grade in achievement and value-added in social studies.
• 20 schools posted all As in achievement versus 14 in 2011. In value added, five schools scored all As versus 2 in 2011.
• Algebra I scores improved in 10 out of 11 subgroup categories.
• As a district, composite ACT scores improved from 20.4 in 2011 to 20.6 in 2012. ACT composite scores improved in every subject category and the KCS also outperformed the State of Tennessee in every ACT tested subject.
• Two schools earned straight As in achievement and value-added for the second consecutive year: A.L. Lotts Elementary and Rocky Hill Elementary.
• 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).
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of our teachers, our staff, our students, our parents and our community,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “Great teachers, high standards, continuous improvement, research-based instructional strategies and the concept of multiple pathways to success are making a difference in terms of positive student academic achievement and growth.”
State Department News Release
NASHVILLE – The 2012 state Report Card—posted today on the Tennessee Department of Education website—offers detailed breakdowns of last year’s unprecedented statewide student achievement growth and presents the most recent data on graduation rate, demographics and school-level test scores.
This summer, the department released statewide and district-by-district achievement results, and now Tennesseans can view data by grade level, subject and subgroup for each of the 136 districts and 1,784 schools in the state.
They can also see the achievement and gap closure measures that earned various designations under the new accountability system, such as Exemplary District and Reward School status.
“We think it’s important for parents and students, as well as school and district leaders, to know how well their schools are doing each year,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “Tennessee is focused on continuous growth, and our Report Card shows us where we are making gains and where we need more work.”
As Tennessee continued to implement its First to the Top education reforms, performance on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) improved for the second year in a row in 2012, as students made the largest gains in the history of the test.
Last year, elementary and middle school students grew in 23 out of 24 TCAP measures, and proficiency levels on several high school End of Course exams improved, even as more students enrolled in higher-level classes such as Algebra II due to more rigorous graduation requirements. The statewide graduation rate increased from 85.5 percent to 87.2 percent for the Class of 2012.
Nearly every district in the state grew student achievement overall, but many did not successfully narrow achievement gaps or saw declines among particular student subgroups,
As the state strives to advance outcomes for all Tennessee students, these results allow educators to identify areas that need the most improvement. Through its regional offices, the department provides resources, support and expert analysis to help districts and schools with data-driven interventions.
Complementing the data released today in the department’s Report Card, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission released a report card on teacher preparation in Tennessee. The department also re-released its public TVAAS site, giving parents and community members an in-depth look at the academic growth in the state’s schools and districts. When used together, these three tools help paint a picture of the state of Tennessee education.
· For the 2012 state Report Card, visit tn.gov/education/reportcard.
· For the Tennessee Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs, visit tn.gov/thec/Divisions/fttt/report_card.shtml.
· For the updated public TVAAS site, visit tvaas.sas.com/public.html.
· To read about school and district accountability under Tennessee’s new accountability system, visit tn.gov/education/accountability.
For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at (615) 532-7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov.