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2014 State Report Card Highlights School District Successes
School District Brings Home Straight A’s
The State Department of Education released its annual Report Card on Thursday, October 30, 2014. While statewide results in grades 3-8 math and science indicated slight growth and 3-8 reading scores dropped across the state, the Trousdale County School district boasts straight A’s in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies for both academic achievement and achievement growth (value-added). High school End-of-Course proficiencies in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology, English I, English II, and English III exceeded all state averages and ranked in the top 8% of school districts in Tennessee.
When examining Trousdale County schools individually, Trousdale County Elementary led the 3-8 category by posting straight A’s in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies for both academic achievement and achievement growth. Jim Satterfield Middle School posted an A in Math and a B in Reading achievement and growth while increasing a letter grade in both Science and Social Studies value-added, which contributed to increased district report card results. The high school’s outstanding achievement results earned the school the status of Reward School (top 10% of schools in Tennessee) for the second time in the past three years.
While the data clearly indicates that more students are learning at higher levels, we have much work ahead, especially in reading. Our ACT scores are at state average, and we would like to improve upon that statistic. Many of the ACT results are tied to reading proficiency. Although we have moved from 76th to 35th to 23rd in 3-8 Reading in the past three years, only 55% of our 3rd graders are reading at grade level by end of third grade. "While this may seem low, it leads in the 17-county Upper Cumberland region," stated Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. "Our work has and will continue to be intentionally focused on reading, especially in the early grades as we go forward. However, parents can really help by reading 20 minutes a day, every day, with their child before they begin kindergarten."
"Although our percent from local funding is less than half of the state average, our students are competing with the most affluent areas of the state, such as Williamson County, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. I think our academic return on investment speaks for itself - that our taxpayers are getting a lot more for their educational dollar than other areas of the state," added Satterfield.
The complete Report Card can be found on the State Department of Education website at http://www.state.tn.us/education/data/report_card/index.shtml .