Return to Headlines

2018-2019 State Report Card Released

Press Release:  November 25, 2019

The Tennessee State Department of Education just released a new electronic version of the report card for the school year 2018-2019. The report card, which can be found at, shows how well the district is preparing students for success around several key indicators. Indicators include Student Academic Growth, Academic Achievement, Chronically Out of School, Progress on English Language Proficiency, Ready Graduate, and Graduation Rate. Additionally, the report card shows general information about Sevier County such as enrollment, classroom teachers, and average per pupil spending. In 2018-2019, the Sevier County School System demonstrated significant academic growth while undergoing demographic shifts.

Student Academic Growth (whether students are making progress from year to year, whether they are on grade level yet)
The district earned a growth composite of Level 5 in the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) which is the highest academic growth possible from the previous school year. This composite includes a combination of all tested grades and subjects. In specific subject areas, Sevier County’s growth was a Level 5 in English/Language Arts, mathematics, and social studies. Data for science were not available for 2018-2019 as there was a new test based on new standards.

Academic Achievement (whether students are performing on or above grade level on TNReady tests)
The Success Rate for students in Sevier County in 2019 shows that 34% of all students were performing at or above grade level. This is a 3.1% increase as compared to 2018. In mathematics, the success rate showed a 4.6% increase as compared to 2018 to 35.1% of all students. In English Language Arts, the student success rate increased 2.2% to 31.5% in 2019.

Chronically out of School (students who miss at least 10% of school- or about 18 days of school if they were enrolled for a full year)
Sevier County’s Chronic Absenteeism Rate for 2018-2019 was 18.3% which represents a 0.2% decrease from 2018.

Progress on English Language Proficiency Shows whether English learners (students whose primary language is not English) are growing in their ability to read, write, and speak English.
This proficiency rate represents the percentage of English learners who are meeting growth standards on WIDA Access and thus are progressing toward learning English. Sevier County had 43.8% of English learners show progress on English language proficiency in 2018-2019. Additionally, for long-term English learners (those entering their seventh or later year of services) Sevier County has 7.1% of English learners scoring proficient on the TNReady tests in 2018-2019.

Ready Graduate (percentage of students who graduate and receive at least a 21 on the ACT, or equivalent on the SAT, demonstrating readiness for college as well the number of students who have completed the required Early Postsecondary Opportunities or EPSOs)

  • The ACT Composite of the district has consistently been above the state average for the last several years and the district hovers at meeting the Drive to 55 Goal of 21 as an ACT Composite.
  • For the class of 2018, 40% of Sevier County’s students demonstrated that they were ready for college and careers. This represents a 0.3% increase as compared to 2017.

Graduation Rate (Graduation rate measures the percentage of students that are graduating in four years and whether this percentage is increasing from one year to the next. Graduation data lags by one year.)
The Graduation Rate for the school system has demonstrated a steady improvement for the last several years. The Graduation Rate used for this report card was reflective of the 2018 Graduation Cohort and demonstrated an improvement of 1.1% over the 2017 Graduation Cohort resulting in a score of 90.3% which exceeded the state’s graduation rate.

Dr. Jack A. Parton stated, “Academic growth for 2018-2019 as represented by the Tennessee Value Added System provides a reason to celebrate as that growth across all subjects and grades was at a Level 5! The Graduation Rate and ACT Composite are also indicators of success. The Sevier County School System offers a wide array of Early Postsecondary Opportunities to include Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, State Dual Credit, Local Dual Credit, and various Industrial Certifications. We look forward to continued growth in the number of students who take advantage of these opportunities. Our population of English Language Learners expands annually and the school system works diligently to meet the needs of our growing population. Many thanks to all students, parents, teachers, and staff members for their hard work last school year.”

Dr. Debra Cline further clarified, “Report card data are used to inform planning and program development. The school system continues to evaluate program performance and effectiveness and adjustments are made to ensure that we meet the needs of our students. Each school also reflects on their data and uses that data to set program improvement goals. Congratulations to our 2019 Reward Schools which include Gatlinburg Pittman High, Seymour High, Seymour Junior High, Catlettsburg Elementary, New Center Elementary, and Pittman Center Elementary! Boyds Creek, Jones Cove, and Pi Beta Phi were also on the cusp of being named as 2019 Reward Schools and several other schools demonstrated significant student academic growth.”

Tennessee Department of Education Links

TDOE Releases Sate Report Card for 2018-2019 (November 25, 2019)

Sevier County School System Report Card