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3rd grade retention: Find your school district scores here

Under a new law, students who don’t meet expectations for reading proficiency face the prospect of being held back for another try at third grade. Children in the “approaching” category can take summer school or tutoring to try to make up lost ground and advance to fourth grade.

See how your school district did in data released by the state Department of Education:

DistrictPct. BelowApproa-
Pct. MeetsPct. ExceedsPct. Proficient
Achievement Schools64269110
Alamo City916373875
Alcoa City1941281240
Anderson County1343311444
Arlington Community221423678
Athens City243334943
Bartlett City1339321749
Bedford County3133261036
Bells City1538371046
Benton County2636251338
Bledsoe County2932271138
Blount County2241271037
Bradford Special 3026331244
Bradley County1537331548
Bristol City1237371451
Campbell County  284024731
Cannon County333926228
Carter County  204826632
Cheatham Countv2038311141
Chester County935362157
Claiborne County294026531
Clarksville Montgomery County2137291342
Clay County1142371148
Cleveland City323623933
Clinton City1134381755
Cocke County284422628
Coffee County2437281139
Crockett County2334301342
Cumberland County2936231134
Dayton City2724321749
Decatur County174034943
DeKalb County2533291442
Dickson County2038281442
Dyer County1738311445
Dyersburg City303922931
Elizabethton City1634321750
Etowah City164040544
Fayette County444013417
Fayetteville City2036331144
Fentress County294026531
Franklin County293626935
Franklin Special1119363369
Germantown Municipal416404080
Gibson County Special1134352056
Giles County1642321042
Grainger County1440351246
Greene County204528735
Greeneville City1341311546
Grundy County293232739
Hamblen County2534281341
Hamilton County2931271340
Hancock County224624932
Hardeman County354122324
Hardin County294322728
Hawkins County264226632
Haywood County443915318
Henderson County1541321344
Henry County2532301243
Hickman County1641311344
Hollow Rock – Bruceton Special 1157221132
Houston County433716419
Humboldt City503415116
Humphreys County244030636
Huntingdon Special1738281745
Jackson County254325732
Jackson-Madison County414016420
Jefferson County2933261239
Johnson City1422333164
Johnson County433519322
Kingsport City1936271945
Knox County2433281543
Lake County333525631
Lauderdale County333325833
Lawrence County1340311546
Lebanon Special2233311446
Lenoir City323628432
Lewis County842351550
Lexington City1143341246
Lincoln County1838311344
Loudon County1637331447
Macon County2139301040
Manchester City2041281139
Marion County234328734
Marshall County204627634
Marvville City421353975
Maury County263827937
McKenzie Special273928534
McMinn County303828533
McNairy County224029838
Meigs County1741311141
Memphis-Shelby County423418624
Milan Special184627936
Millington Municipal323426935
Monroe County304323327
Moore County1832351550
Morgan County1742301141
Murfreesboro City2532291444
Newport City133347855
Oak Ridge1427391959
Obion County164432840
Oneida Special184928533
Overton County204133639
Paris Special2136281442
Perry County255814417
Pickett County3033281038
Polk County2340241337
Putnam County2137281542
Rhea County2040281240
Richard City Special206713013
Roane County2237311041
Robertson County313922830
Rogersville City2935231335
Rutherford County2234291544
Scott County1941271341
Sequatchie County263234842
Sevier County244027935
Smith County154135944
South Carroll Special1515304070
Stewart County224726531
Sullivan County1943281038
Sumner County1833311849
Sweetwater City2433281442
Tennessee Public Charter3439189.728
Tipton County2139301040
Trenton Special224328735
Trousdale County2328301949
Tullahoma City213733942
Unicoi County185221930
Union City234823729
Union County423619322
Van Buren County254029635
Warren County323526834
Washington County1337361450
Wayne County195124730
Weakley County1632331952
West Carroll Special1350221537
White County1443301343
Williamson County622383472
Wilson County1535341650

Lee: Testing scores illustrate learning loss during pandemic

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference in Nashville on March 22, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Standardized scores at Tennessee schools were down in the 2020-2021 academic year due to school distractions during the pandemic, Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday.

Here’s a release from the governor’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced the Spring 2021 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) state-level results. This is the first set of state-level data related to student academic achievement available since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These results show that COVID-19 has disrupted learning in every school district in Tennessee,” said Gov. Lee. “We’re grateful for the dedication of our educators and districts who worked to mitigate this loss over the past year, and we’re committed to implementing long-term strategies and investments to get our students back on track.”

Tennessee schools demonstrated their collective commitment to knowing where students are performing through a 95% student participation rate on the TCAP. Disruption to education as a result of the pandemic has led to declines in student academic proficiency in Tennessee across all subjects and grades.

“Since last school year, districts, schools, and educators have worked tirelessly to adapt to this new reality, met and exceeded ambitious goals to ensure our students tested, and are ready to start the new school year strong. Now is the time for our state to come together to support our students. We must operate with urgency and conviction that, together, we will do what is necessary to provide all students with an excellent education,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

Key data points from the state-level 2021 Spring TCAP results include:

  • Tennessee data shows decreases in students scoring Mastered and On Track. 
  • Tennessee data shows increases in students scoring Below.
  • While this year’s results track with state projections, Tennessee prevented the severe proficiency drops that some states have experienced due to the pandemic.
  • Data show the most negative impacts for economically disadvantaged students, urban/suburban students, English learners, and students of color.
  • Districts that provided opportunities for in-person instruction in 2020-21 saw less decline in student proficiency.

In January 2021, Gov. Lee and the General Assembly convened a special legislative session on education, which addressed urgent issues facing Tennessee students and schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the special legislative session passed legislation on accountability, learning loss, literacy, and teacher pay. The Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act established summer learning loss bridge camps for elementary students to help them recover learning loss and accelerate their achievement.

Gov. Lee, the General Assembly, and the Department of Education are committed to continuing to make strategic investments to mitigate learning loss and support student academic achievement.

More information on TCAP results can be found here.


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