Nearly six months after Tennessee students sat down for their end-of-year tests, all of the scores are now out. State officials released the final installment Thursday, offering up detailed information about scores for grades 3-8 for each school in the state.
Only about a third of students met the state’s English standards, and performance in math was not much better, according to statewide scores released earlier this month.
The new data illuminates how each school fared in the ongoing shift to higher standards. Statewide, scores for grade-schoolers — the first since last year’s TNReady exam was canceled amid technical difficulties — were lower than in the past. High school scores saw a mostly modest increase in the second year of testing but remained low.
“These results show us both where we can learn from schools that are excelling and where we have specific schools or student groups that need better support to help them achieve success – so they graduate from high school with the ability to choose their path in life,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a statement.
Did some schools prepare teachers and students better for the new state standards, which are similar to the Common Core? Was Memphis’s score drop distributed evenly across the city’s schools? We’ll be looking at the data today to try to answer those questions.