TNReady scores: See how your Middle Tennessee school district fared on standardized tests
Statewide TNReady scores released Thursday showed an overall drop in science proficiency for third- through 12th-grade students, and Middle Tennessee was not immune to the trend.
All Middle Tennessee districts, with the exception of high school students in Wilson and Dickson counties, saw a decrease in students who scored as on track or proficient in the subject, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. However, Wilson County was in the top 10 among the state’s districts for improvements to high school science scores. It also ranked in the top 10 for improvements to third through fifth grade reading scores.
Other districts who saw some of the state’s highest gains were Franklin Special School District for third through fifth grade English and Murfreesboro City Schools for sixth through eighth grade English. Williamson County Schools was the only district to remain in the top five for overall achievement in every grade and subject. Franklin Special School District ranked in the top 10 for its English, math and science scores. Wilson County ranked in the top 10 for third through fifth grade English scores. It is the third year of testing at the high school level, and the second year for third through eighth grades.
The spring 2017-18 testing season was marked by troubles after the state’s vendor made unauthorized changes to the TNReady’s text-to-speech function, according to Tennessee Department of Education officials. The change caused statewide slowdowns. After another year of issues with the tests, Tennessee lawmakers passed a measure allowing teachers, districts and students to include TNReady scores in evaluations only if the scores benefited them. [Read More about the 2017-18 results for Middle Tennessee at The Tennessean]