Tennessee students improve on TNReady tests. How did your school do?
Last week, the State of Tennessee released the 2018-2019 TNReady scores, which reveal how students performed on the annual assessment tests. The results help track both student growth, or how much a student has improved over the last year in relation to their peers, and student achievement, which measures student proficiency in specific subject areas. Within the results, there are some bright spots – including improvements in math – but the numbers also reveal that Tennessee has made little improvement in early literacy, a state priority.
Chalkbeat Tennessee provides a breakdown of these scores, as well as a searchable function for student achievement by state, district and school:
Tennessee students improved in nearly every math subject, including algebra and geometry, on the latest state tests. And in English, older students showed gains across the board, although elementary and middle school students showed little or no improvement.
Overall, more than half the schools in Tennessee – 56 percent – improved in most subjects from the previous year, according to a state summary of the TNReady and end-of-course test data. And 41% of all schools registered the highest levels of year-to-year growth, earning a level 4 or 5 under the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, known as TVAAS.
Although our state can celebrate improvement in math proficiency, results were much more mixed for ELA (a measurement that includes literacy). It remains true that only one in four third through eighth grade students in Metro Nashville Public Schools is reading on grade level.
We cannot allow three-fourths of Nashville’s students to lag behind in literacy skills. If you’re looking for a way to get involved, consider volunteering for a nonprofit that serves Metro Nashville Schools, like the PENCIL Foundation, Book’em Nashville or the Public Library.