Knox County scores high in state report card

Knox County scores high in state report card

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Knox County Schools was given straight A's in achievement for all subjects, while the state of Tennessee received two B's and two A's. Knox County Schools was given straight A's in achievement for all subjects, while the state of Tennessee received two B's and two A's.
"This shows that if we can provide the support and the resources that our teachers need we can see extraordinary results for children," Dr. Jim McIntyre said. "This shows that if we can provide the support and the resources that our teachers need we can see extraordinary results for children," Dr. Jim McIntyre said.
Copper Ridge Elementary, which hosted the event, also received straight A's. Principal Kathy Castenir said the school's success was a collaborative effort. Copper Ridge Elementary, which hosted the event, also received straight A's. Principal Kathy Castenir said the school's success was a collaborative effort.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County is showing gains in several areas according to the state report card.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre made the announcement at Copper Ridge Elementary School Wednesday.

The district was given straight A's in achievement for all subjects, while the state of Tennessee received two B's and two A's.

The county also received a composite level-5 score, which is the highest possible, in the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System. That measures student growth within a grade and subject.

"This shows that if we can provide the support and the resources that our teachers need we can see extraordinary results for children," McIntyre said.

This is the first time since the state report card began in 2000 that Knox County ever received all A's in achievement.

Copper Ridge Elementary, which hosted the event, also received straight A's.

Principal Kathy Castenir said the school's success was a collaborative effort.

"From the teaching assistants to the teachers to the custodians, cafeteria workers, everyone was focused on the students and what they could do to help out," Castenir said.

Knox County received B's in reading and science and A's in math and social studies for the value-added assessment results. The state received B's in reading, science and social studies and an A in math.

Knox County Education Association President Tanya Coats said while this is positive news for the system and for the teachers, there is still work that needs to be done to improve the district.

Crowds of teachers turned out last week to speak out against different district policies including the evaluations at the school board meeting.

"There are still some things that the state needs to clean up and in order for that to happen they need to start listening and making sure they're doing something about that," Coats said.

This is the third year in a row that Knox County has scored above or in line with the state report card.

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