Knox students show improvement in TCAP scores

Knox students show improvement in TCAP scores

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"If we set high expectations, our students will achieve at high levels and that's absolutely what we're seeing in this data," said Dr. Jim McIntyre. "If we set high expectations, our students will achieve at high levels and that's absolutely what we're seeing in this data," said Dr. Jim McIntyre.
"If it's an increase it's great, that we're learning [the standards] at the same pace that they're required throughout the state," said Knox County Education Association President Tanya T. Coats. "If it's an increase it's great, that we're learning [the standards] at the same pace that they're required throughout the state," said Knox County Education Association President Tanya T. Coats.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox County Schools administrators released the system's annual report card Monday outlining Tennessee Comprehensive Program (TCAP) test scores for 2013.

The scores show local students are continuing to improve. Across the board the school system saw improvements in science and social studies.

"When we look at key areas of academic achievement that we measure we made gains in nine out of 11 key areas," said Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

For grades 3-8 scores show an almost two percent increase in math, a 2.5 percent increase in science, along with a little more than one percent increase in social studies.

High school students showed impressive results with an almost five percent jump in Algebra I and a 6.3 percent jump in Algebra II.

"That's really going to set a strong foundation for our students to be successful in their future," added Dr. McIntyre.

McIntyre says the success is thanks to high standards, meeting the needs of each student, and quality teachers.

Knox County Education Association President Tanya T. Coats says the gains this year are good news, but repeating the results can be challenging because standards for teachers are always changing.

"If it's an increase it's great, that we're learning [the standards] at the same pace that they're required throughout the state. But if there's a decrease it could be inadequate training that has been given throughout by the state," added Coats.

Dr. McIntyre says TCAP scores will continue to grow as the Knox County School System moves to an even more rigorous standard next year.

"If we set high expectations, our students will achieve at high levels and that's absolutely what we're seeing in this data," said Dr. McIntyre.

There was a small decrease in the scores for the U.S. History end of course exam. Knox County High School students dropped from 97.3 percent to 96.8 percent.

School officials also say there's room for improvement when it comes to test results with economically-disadvantaged and minority students.

The Knox County Schools report can be found on the system's website.

Scores for all county school systems in the state and how they stack up by subject and grade level can be found at the Tennessee Department of Education website.

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