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TCAP: Gains and Losses

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

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The Tennessee Department of Education recently released district-level results from the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), which show strong gains in high school and significant gains in grades 3-8 math.

A majority of students in nearly 100 districts were proficient in math, compared to 2011, when the majority of students were proficient in math in only 24 districts. Districts showed significant gains specifically in grades 3-8 math with 121 districts out of 144 improving. In addition, for the first time since the test was given in 2011, the majority of students were proficient or advanced in Algebra II in more than 65 percent of districts.

“The support districts have offered to teachers and students has evolved as we have raised expectations for learning across the state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “The sustained growth in high school and math and science shows us that the strategies and practices districts are using work. Now we have an opportunity to understand what has helped move student learning and replicate this in all grades and subjects, ensuring that Tennessee students have every opportunity to succeed.”

The majority of Tennessee districts continued to make gains in science across grade levels. Notably, nearly 100 districts made gains in Chemistry. As seen in state results, growth in grades 3-8 English language arts declined across districts, while the majority of districts made gains in the high school courses of English I and English III.

Historically underserved students also narrowed gaps with their peers in districts across the state. Black, Hispanic, and Native American students narrowed gaps in both math and English language arts in the majority of districts. Economically disadvantaged students also narrowed gaps with their peers in high school, making gains in English II in 65 percent of districts and making gains in Algebra II in 77 percent of districts.

District results also highlighted growth in historically low performing schools. Students in the Achievement School District (ASD), a state-operated school district created by the Tennessee General Assembly to improve Tennessee’s bottom 5 percent of schools, showed faster learning gains than their peers across the state in math and science. Additional analysis of the ASD data shows that the district’s first and second year cohorts of schools – those in their second and third year of operation – earned the state’s highest possible student achievement growth rating.

Local TCAP results

Grades 3-8 (Grundy County): Math – 23.4 percent below basic, 38.8 percent basic, 24.4 percent proficient, 13.4 percent advanced, and 38.8 percent proficient or advanced (4.1 percent growth over last year). Reading/Language Arts – 18.2 percent below basic, 49.4 percent basic, 27.1 percent proficient, 5.2 percent advanced, and 32.4 percent proficient or advanced (down 2.8 percent from last year). Science – 21.1 percent below basic, 31.2 percent basic, 39.1 percent proficient, 8.6 percent advanced, and 47.7 percent proficient or advanced ( up 4.3 percent over last year).

Coalmont Elementary School had the largest improvement over last year in Math (9.7 percent), Reading/Language Arts (5.3 percent), and Science (12.5 percent). Pelham Elementary School showed the least improvement in each subject: Math (-17.4), Reading/ Language Arts (-12.6), and Science (-15.1).

Grades 3-8 (Monteagle Elementary School): Math – 8.9 percent below basic, 40.8 percent basic, 35.5 percent proficient, 11.8 percent advanced, and 50.3 percent proficient or advanced (up 3.8 percent over last year). Reading/Language Arts – no data available for individual categories; down 7.39 from last year. Science – 10.1 percent below basic, 20.1 percent basic, 57.4 percent proficient, 12.4 percent advanced, and 69.8 percent proficient or advanced (up 2.8 percent over last year).

Grundy County High School: Algebra I – down 10.6 percent from last year; Algebra II – down 19.3 percent from last year; Biology I – up 1.3 percent over last year; Chemistry – up 21.4 percent over last year; English I – down 4.5 percent from last year; English II – up 11.2 percent over last year; and English III – down 2.6 percent from last year.

Tennessee students have made notable gains over the past four years. Since 2011, 131,000 more students are on grade level in math, and nearly 60,000 more students are on grade level in science.

To see additional district-level TCAP results as well as school-level TCAP results, visit: http://www.tn.gov/education/article/2015-tcap-district-results.