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Schools receive initial TCAP scores
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Initial TCAP testing scores were released Wednesday.
“I feel good about where we’re at,” said Warren County Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “I’m still working through a lot of this data myself. For us this year, district 3-8 math was one of our strongest areas. I think we had a 6.3 percent increase in math, which is good. It mirrored the state. We did drop some in reading/ language arts. It was a 2.9 percent drop district wide. We’ve really tried to focus on reading and that’s probably the area we will have to continue to focus on more.”
The standardized test called TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) is given annually to students across the state as a means of tracking progress. Both Eastside Elementary School and Warren County Middle School could be the shining stars in this year’s testing results. The schools showed gains in all three tested areas from last year’s scores.
Eastside’s proficient and advanced percentage in math increased to 51 percent, a 7.2 growth over last year. While reading/language showed a slight improvement of 1.7 points up to 45.8 percent, science remained relatively unchanged with a .5 point increase to 70.5.
The middle school’s largest increase over last year was in math. Its percentage score of profi-cient and advanced increased to 43.2 percent in math, a 5.2 growth. The reading/ language score was 46.5 percent, a 2.1 growth, and science was 68.8 percent, a 3.1 growth.
Four schools in the system slipped slightly in one area each.
Bobby Ray Elementary received 38 percent in reading/ language, a decrease of 2.5 points. However, it showed a leap over last year’s scores in the area of math. In math, its percentage score of proficient and advanced increased by 25.5 percentage points from last year to 66.7 percent. The school also tested well in science. Its score was 61.3 percent, a 5.8 growth over last year.
Centertown Elementary dropped by 7.2 points in its science score, decreasing to 68.8 percent. The school showed a slight gain in math increasing by 3.9 points to 62.5 percent.
Irving College Elementary received 64.4 percent in science, a slight decrease of 1.5 points from last year. Its largest gain was in math. Its math score was 51.1 percent, a 10.5 growth. Reading/ language was 48.1 percent, a 1.7 increase.
West Elementary dropped 3.7 points in reading/ language down to 26.2 percent. Increases were made in math, 35.3 percent up by 8.8 points, and science, 39.9 percent up by 2.1 points.
Two schools in the system slipped in two areas each:
• Dibrell Elementary: Math 41.1 percent (2.8 growth from last year), reading/ language 35.8 percent (3.2 decrease), science 62.9 percent (2.2 decrease).
• Hickory Creek Elementary: Math 59.7 percent (1.7 growth from last year), reading/ language 46.4 percent (11.3 decrease), science 62.9 percent (4.9 decrease).
Morrison Elementary decreased in all three testing areas. The biggest decrease of 6.5 points was in reading/ language with 35.5 percent. Science fell by 4.4 points to 55.4 percent, while math decreased slightly by .6 to 34 percent.
Warren County High School dropped in two areas. Biology I showed a decrease of 11.2 points to 57.2 percent, while English III showed a decrease of 5.5 points to 17.5 percent.
Cox says he has contacted Warren County High School principal Jimmy Walker to figure out why the school dropped in biology, but that the numbers in English III are “deceiving.”
“The English III number is a little deceiving,” said Cox. “Not all of our students take the English III end-of-course exam because they are enrolled in dual enrollment in AP English so that 5 percent drop is a bit deceiving because not all of our students test. You don’t really get an accurate picture in English III.”
The high school improved in the following areas: chemistry with 34.6 percent, a 2.6 point growth; English I with 72.6 percent, a 1.6 point growth; and English II with 60.5 percent, a 5.5 point growth.
Tennessee releases test scores in three waves each year: 1) statewide numbers, which are useful for assessing broad trends but not for answering more detailed questions about local change. 2) District- and school-level results will be released in the coming weeks. Those will allow for a closer analysis of how individual teachers and students performed, and of how local school improvement efforts are going. 3) An update about how Tennessee students are faring compared to students in other states will be available this fall.
This year’s scores are the last for the multiple-choice test known as TCAP the state has admin-istered for more than two decades. Next year, students are set to take a new exam, called TNREady, that officials say will be a better measure of student skill.