Knox, Tennessee students improve assessment test scores

Knox, Tennessee students improve assessment test scores, graduation rates

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Results of assessment tests released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education show improvements locally and statewide.

High school graduation rates have also improved.

The report card of assessment tests taken by elementary and middle school students shows Knox County schools earned three Bs and one A for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Statewide, students posted B grades in all subjects.

Knox County's graduation rate for the class of 2012 also increased, going to 90.3 percent, an increase of nearly four percent from last year.

Data for the statewide graduation rate increased from 85.5 percent to 87.2 percent.

Elementary and middle school students in Tennessee showed improvement last year in 23 out of 24 measures in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

This was the second consecutive year Knox County students performed better or at least the same in every category as Tennessee students.

Twenty schools in the county received all As in their achievement report cards. That compares to 14 schools in 2011.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of our teachers, our staff, our students, our parents and our community," Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said in a statement released with the assessment results.

The full annual Report Card is available of the State of Tennessee's website.

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