For high school students, more than half scored proficient or advanced in English I and II, Algebra I, Biology and History. This is the first time that has occurred since standards were raised three years ago.
The growth weve seen on the statewide assessments over the past two years is an impressive start, and shows that we are on the right track, said State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
We still have considerable work to do to improve student outcomes and narrow the educational gaps that exist in our schools, Huffman said.
Gov. Bill Haslam praised teachers for the improved scores, saying, The continued success of students is a testament to how much work Tennessee teachers have done in the classroom.
Next month county and district test results will be released by the department. Dr. Jeanne Barker, associate director of learning for the Lebanon Special School District, said they would use those results to adjust teacher strategies next year.
We still have a way to go but this is a good sign, she said. The statewide scores show that improvement is starting to take hold.
Also, this is the first year that teachers will be evaluated based on these test scores. TCAP and EOC tests make up 35 percent of a teachers yearly evaluation.
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