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Schools show TCAP gains, improvement needs

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Officials with Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District lauded their respective school systems’ progress made in the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, while also noting that improvements remain necessary.

Tennessee Department of Education released district-level results from the 2014 TCAP on Wednesday.

LSSD, for the second year in a row, achieved the highest level of growth score in each of the state’s Value-Added categories. The highest score possible, a 5, was earned in all four State TVAAS evaluation categories – systemwide composite, systemwide literacy, systemwide numeracy and systemwide numeracy/literacy.

On the K-2 Achievement, the district had a higher percentage of students to score proficient or advanced in all measured areas of kindergarten and 1st grade as well as 2nd grade math. The district achieved close to a 10 percent increase in proficiency in math on the TCAP in grades 3-5.

“We are proud and excited to have a District Composite of a ‘5’ for the second year in a row, as well as the significant increase in the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in the elementary schools this past year,” said LSSD Director Scott Benson. “I congratulate all our teachers on their effort and commitment in working with our students to achieve this significant academic growth.”

LSSD met only three of the six Annual Measurable Objectives Achievement goals set by the TDOE, including Math 3, Reading/Language Arts 3 and Math 3-8. LSSD said a strong literacy focus and extensive plan to ensure teachers and administrators have a means to regularly analyze each student’s academic performance and design a personalized intervention and enrichment plan to satisfy each learner’s needs have been established for the upcoming school year.

In Wilson County high schools, 2014 outcomes showed a persistent trend, according to a news release. In comparing student achievement from the 2012-13 school year to the 2013-14 school year, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient/advanced levels in the upper grade levels showed improvement in both math and English courses.

In math, student achievement increased by 2.2 percent in Algebra I and by 4.3 in Algebra II. Achievement increased in English I by 3.4 percent, in English II by 2.8 percent and in English III by 1.6 percent.

The graduation rate was one of the highest in the state, with 95 percent graduating.

The percentage of students scoring proficient/advanced in 7th grade reading/language arts increased by 1.4 percent from the last school year. However, there was a dip in math and other ELA courses in grades 3-8 with .9 percent in 3rd-8th grade math and 9.7 percent in 3rd grade reading/language arts.

The news release said “these measures do not reflect the strong efforts of our schools’ students, teachers or administrators.

“We have critically evaluated these outcomes and look ahead to the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Donna Wright, director. “We recognize that there are areas of strength within each classroom and school as well as areas in need of improvement. The goal of all our educators is to assess instructional practices and strategies and to develop effective methods that will aid in improvement.”

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