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2013 Report Card Released
The Tennessee Department of Education released the 2013 Tennessee Report Card on November 13, 2013. During the 2012-2013 academic year, schools and school systems across Tennessee implemented instructional programs with increased academic rigor in curriculum standards and measured student progress with high proficiency targets. In other words, Tennessee continues to “raise the bar” on academic achievement.
The 2013 Report Card presents information on Tennessee’s accountability model that includes data on Achievement, Student Growth, and Gap Closure. Essentially, the model represents how all students are performing on tested subjects and measures whether achievement gaps are being closed among subgroups of students (Economically Disadvantaged, Limited English Proficient, Students with Disabilities, Black/Hispanic/Native American). Academic performance is presented through the results of TCAP assessments as well as high school End of Course exams. Information about student demographics and a review of accountability standards under No Child Left Behind are also featured.
In the Academic Achievement Grades portion of the 2013 Report Card for grades 3-8, the Sevier County School System received above average (B) status in reading/language arts and mathematics. Science received above average (B) status and social studies received exemplary (A) status. As a whole, TVAAS (value added) scores for the school system improved in comparison to the report in 2012. Sevier County’s value added growth in grades 4-8 math received exemplary (A) status, social studies received above average (B) status, and reading and science received average (C) status.
In grades 9-12, student performance on End of Course exams was solid. Students in the Sevier County School System scored above the state (on the 3 year average) in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Biology I. In the three-year averages of student performance on the ACT, Sevier County’s scores exceeded state averages in composite scores as well as sub-scores in English, Math, and Reading. In the individual year of 2013, Sevier County students exceeded state scores on the ACT composite score as well as sub-scores in English, Math, and Reading.
In 2012-2013 accountability reporting, Sevier County saw improvement in Achievement on TCAP (Grades 3-8), End of Course Exams (Algebra I, Algebra II, English II, English III), and the High School Graduation Rate. Sevier County met eight of the eleven achievement targets.
Specifically, Sevier County’s students improved in 3-8 Grades Math, 3rd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Math, 7th Grade Math, and remained the same in 7th Grade Reading. Academic performance exceeded the target in Algebra I and improved (from 2012) in Algebra II. In English II and III, the district met the target. The High School Graduation Rate also exceeded expectations. In 3-8 Grades Reading, the district experienced a decline in student achievement. Of the fourteen subgroup areas that Sevier County is accountable for in Gap Closure, the district exceeded the state in nine areas. During the 2012-2013 school year, the performance gap increased between those students with disabilities and those without disabilities. Therefore, the district is in need of subgroup improvement for students with disabilities.
Dr. Jack A. Parton, Superintendent of Schools, stated, “We are pleased with the growth and development achieved by our students during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Changing curriculum standards and ever increasing expectations for proficiency presented many challenges. However, our students, teachers, support staff, and principals demonstrated that they are up to the task! Teachers and principals are to be commended for their hard work and commitment and I recognize that we are fortunate in Sevier County to have a staff of the highest caliber! The partnership between home, school, and the community is also valuable in our efforts to educate the youngsters of Sevier County. Thanks must also be extended to parents for academic support for their children and the Sevier County School System!”
Dr. Debra A. Cline, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, further clarified, “Our leadership team is in the process of evaluating all data relevant to the 2012-2013 school year. Test score improvement plans are in place at each school to prescribe program changes and to develop individual academic plans where appropriate. I am particularly pleased with improved performance in the area of mathematics in elementary grades and on End of Course assessments at the secondary level. We are implementing new reading materials at the elementary level during the 2013-2014 academic year that are more closely aligned to the curriculum and I feel that this change will positively impact instruction. Several intervention processes are also in place to support academic growth and development in both reading and mathematics. Congratulations to students as well as teachers, support staff, principals, and parents for the success stories of 2012-2013!”