Tennessee student testing data shows math improvement

Standardized assessments showed more than half of public school students showed improvement in their math scores compared with last year and that 41% of schools scored in the top two ratings of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, the state Education Department announced Thursday morning.

Here’s a release from the Education Department:

NASHVILLE— TNReady assessment results released today by Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn indicate that students across the state are performing better in almost all math subjects.  The TNReady scores also show that more than half the schools in Tennessee – 56 percent – improved their growth scores (TVAAS scores) from the previous year, with 41 percent of all schools earning a level 4 or 5 TVAAS rating which measures year-to-year growth.

“I’m impressed with the improvement we’ve seen in mathematics,” Commissioner Schwinn said, while adding, “the dedication of our educators, commitment to implementing high-quality materials, and unwavering student focus is what sets Tennessee apart and will continue to be the catalyst for moving our state forward.”

Mathematics

5th grade students claimed the largest grade-level improvement over 2018 (5.6 percent increase over 2018)

High school geometry students achieved the largest increase of all TNReady math scores  (5.9 percent increase over 2018)

Algebra I scores showed a 3 percent increase, which is significant since Algebra I success serves as an early predictor for college readiness

English Language Arts (ELA)

9th grade students across the state improved scores by 7.4 percent, while 10th grade students did slightly better with a 7.5 percent improvement over 2018

In addition to the statewide improvements, there are a number of regional success stories which are broken down by CORE region.

Northwest

  • Five school districts improved 3rd grade ELA scores by ten percent statewide, including Milan, Paris, Weakley, Henry and Dyersburg City Schools, while Bradford Special School District improved 3rd grade ELA scores by 25.4 percent
  • Three districts showed improved math scores for students in grades 3-8, including Crockett Co., Henry Co., and Paris SSD
  • Two districts, Dyer Co. and Gibson Co., improved end of course exam scores in Math and ELA by at least 5-percentage points

Southwest

  • Five districts are among the top ten in performance statewide in 3rd grade ELA, including Arlington, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland and Bartlett
  • Seven districts improved math scores for students in grades 3-8, including Chester Co., Fayette Co., Hardin Co., Madison Co., Shelby Co., Bartlett and Tipton Co.
  • Decatur Co. is the most improved district in the state on Geometry- a 23.3 percent increase over 2018

Mid Cumberland

  • Five districts improved math scores for students in grades 3-8, including Metro Nashville, Montgomery Co., Robertson Co., Williamson Co. and Franklin SSD
  • Murfreesboro City Schools all students in grades 3-6 improved their math score
  • Wilson Co. improved ELA, English l and English II for all students in grades 5-8

South Central

  • Four counties had the most improvement in ELA in specific grades: Perry Co. had a 20 percent increase in 4th grade ELA; Wayne Co. had a 14 percent increase in 6th grade ELA; and Moore Co. is the most improved district in the state in 8th grade ELA- 12.9 percent increase over 2018
  • Lewis Co. is the most improved district in the state in 7th grade math- 28 percent increase over 2018
  • Fayetteville City is the most improved district in the state in 8th grade math- 34.3 percent increase over 2018

Upper Cumberland

  • Four schools saw students in grades 3-8 improve math scores, including Bledsoe Co., Putnam Co., Trousdale Co. and Van Buren Co.
  • Macon Co. is the most improved district in the state in Algebra II- 15.4 percent increase over 2018
  • Clay Co. is the most improved district in the state in English II- 25 percent increase over 2018

Southeast

Four districts saw students in grades 3-8 improve math scores, including Grundy Co., Hamilton Co., McMinn Co., and Polk Co.

  • Hamilton Co. improved in math, ELA, and end of course exams by at least 5 percent
  • Etowah City is the most improved district in the state in 3rd grade math, 5th grade ELA, and 6th grade math. That’s a 34.8 percent, 23.4 percent and 28 percent gain respectively in each subject

East

Oneida City improved 3rd grade ELA scores by more than 21 percent

  • Maryville City was the only district in the state to increase ELA scores for all students in grades 3-8
  • Six districts saw math scores increase for students in grades 3-8, including Anderson Co., Oak Ridge, Campbell Co., Roane Co., Scott Co. and Sevier Co.

First

  • Rogersville City improved 3th grade ELA by 17 percent over 2018
  • Three districts saw math scores increase for students in grades 3-8, including Carter Co., Hamblen Co., and Johnson Co.
  • Johnson City was among the top 10 performing districts in all end of course exams for Math and English

To view the TNReady for the 2018-19 school year, click here.

4 Responses to Tennessee student testing data shows math improvement

  • James White says:

    As long as we have Government schools, we will never have real education.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      As long as educational outcomes are determined largely by heritable attributes like self-control, attentiveness, persistence, and intelligence (i.e. forever) advances in educational outcomes will be difficult to achieve, and what we achieve will come only at very high cost. Given that, so long as the economics of education are dominated by funding hopelessly bureaucratic government schools, we are making what is difficult yet more difficult still.

  • MARLE says:

    How clever! Finally we have abandoned, it seems, the tiresome measurement standard that evaluates attainment. Now, instead, we will measure improvement……until that measurement comes up short at which point we will come up with something even more ridiculous.

    In the meantime~ congratulations???? to TN students. They have a 3% IMProvement in Algebra over their prior abysmal scores! I’ll bet Mississippi is green with envy.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Results are all ‘engineered’. No real improvement in real world results or needs of our children

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