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.”
• 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
Grundy School District celebrates results
Director of Schools Glenda Dykes says Grundy County is celebrating the successes the district saw in their TNReady assessment results.
“The GCBOE and Grundy County School System are so proud of the exceptional efforts extended by the students and teachers in grades 3-12 on the TNReady Assessment. With the dedication of our educators’ commitment to implementing rigorous and high-quality curriculum, Grundy Cow1ty students have excelled for the 2018-2019 school year,” stated Dykes.
There are 4 final determination categories for which each school district is rated. For an explanation of the categories, see Chart 1.
Grundy County’s accountability determinations are as follows:
• Achievement Status: Advancing
• Subgroup Status: Advancing
• Final Determination: Advancing
For an explanation of Grundy County’s accountability determinations for the 2018-2019 school year, see chart 2.
The county also had one elementary school, Swiss Memorial Elementary School, to be recognized as a Reward School. To be recognized as a Reward School in the 2018-19 school year, an overall accountability score must be earned greater than or equal to 3.1. The honor of being a Reward School is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward Schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students in every subgroup. A Reward School will demonstrate outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years.
Another area of improvement was in attendance. This year the county’s percentage rate was 8.3 percent compared to last year of 8.9 percent. The state’s attendance rate was 13.1% for this year.
“Grundy County students and parents have been very supportive in getting their children to school on time, scheduling appointments on days off, and making every effort to have their children at school so learning can occur. Thank you to fellow teachers, staff, and administrators for all their daily encouragement to assist with improving our attendance rate,” said Dykes.
“The Director of Schools and all supervisors appreciate all of the support given by all stakeholders (faculty, staff, administration, board members, parents, students, and community members) in Grundy County. This extensive support was instrumental in helping our students improve academically,” concluded the Director of Schools.
Determination Categories for School Ratings
Marginal Satisfactory Advancing Exemplary
Below 1.1 1.1 to 2.1 2.1 to <3.1 3.1 to 4.0
District improvement is making isolated improvement, if any. District is improving on average, but is missing growth expectations. District is meeting growth expectations on average. District is exceeding growth expectations on average.
System-Wide Ratings for Grundy County
District Name System-wide composite System-Wide
Literacy System-Wide Numeracy System-Wide Numeracy and Literacy System-Wide Social Studies and Composition
Grundy County 4 3 3 3 5