The Tennessee Department of Education released the state’s 2018 TNReady school-level results Thursday, along with school and district student growth data.
The TNReady scores show that nearly 700 schools – more than 40 percent of schools in Tennessee – saw improvement across the majority of their grades and subjects in 2018, and 210 of those schools saw improvement across all grades and subjects. Additionally, 88 school districts – about 60 percent – met or exceeded student growth expectations. There were 11 school districts that demonstrated the top level of growth in all tested subjects.
“While we know we still have room to improve, we also want to celebrate the hundreds of schools in Tennessee that showed progress this past year,” Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “Students and teachers are making encouraging strides on both TNReady and in their overall growth, and today’s results point to bright spots across the state where students saw across-the-board success this past year on the state assessment. We want to learn from those places as we also continue to improve.”
Thursday’s release follows the release of state- and district-level TNReady results in July. As the department noted at the time, while most students took TNReady on paper, the department had a third-party expert conduct additional analysis to see if and/or how the online disruptions from this spring impacted the scores.
The administration of the TNReady test in spring 2018 sparked a litany of issues, including website outages and a possible cyber attack.
The department announced in June that issues with the state’s TNReady testing that plagued schools this spring were not the result of a malicious attack. Instead, the department said the issues were the fault of the testing vendor, Questar.
The department said what Questar initially said was a denial of service attack on April 17 was actually traced back to caching issues connected to how the service’s text-to-speech function was configured. According to the department, Questar implemented a “significant and unauthorized” change to the text-to-speech function that led to a number of online testing issues.
Tennessee has calculated student growth for nearly three decades, and these scores, called the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores, measure student growth year over year. In calculating a TVAAS score, a student’s performance is compared relative to the performance of his or her peers who have performed similarly on past assessments.
The TVAAS scores for 2018 show that the majority of Tennessee’s 147 districts met or exceeded growth expectations, and 59 districts had an overall TVAAS composite of Level 5 – the highest level of growth. Notably, 11 districts also earned a Level 5 in each subject-area TVAAS composite (literacy, numeracy, science, and social studies). Those are:
- Bartlett City Schools
- Greene County Schools
- Greeneville City Schools
- Hamblen County Schools
- Jefferson County Schools
- Johnson City Schools
- Loudon County School District
- Maryville City Schools
- Oneida Special School District
- Roane County School District
- Sequatchie County Schools
There were 65 schools across 36 districts that also earned a Level 5 TVAAS score across all subject areas. About 575 schools had an overall TVAAS composite of 5 and with more than 1,000 schools earned a Level 3, 4, or 5 score – meaning students met or exceeded growth expectations.