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Hamilton schools keep pace with state TCAP gains

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -  Hamilton County schools kept pace with statewide test score growth according to results released by the Tennessee Department of Education.  Area counties generally made advances as well, particularly in math, with more modest gains in reading, science and social studies.

The results show Hamilton County up 6.9% from last year in math, 3.9% in reading, 4 percent in science and 1.4% in social studies.  Hamilton County gains were generally in line with statewide gains in each subject.

Polk County schools recorded a 15.6% gain in math, the highest in our region.  Athens City schools were close behind with a 14.8% increase.  Cleveland City schools showed a 1.6% decrease in math, with similar drops in all subjects.

Grundy County schools had the highest increase in reading (5.6%), Bledsoe County schools led the region with a 6.7% increase in science, and McMinn County had the top gains in social studies with 5.8%.

Statewide, math scores were up 7%, reading 3.7%, science 3.5% and social studies 1.4%.

Here is a statement from the Tennessee Department of Education:

The Tennessee Department of Education today released district-level 2010-2011 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test results. Now available online, the statewide and district-by-district breakdown shows how each school district performed in advancing student growth in all subject areas and grade levels three through eight.

 
"Tennessee educators deserve immense credit for their hard work this year in helping our students achieve marked improvements and success," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. "We want to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and the cornerstone of that effort is a great education system. I'm very encouraged by these latest results, and we're all committed to continuing to work together to improve the classroom experience for every student across the state."
 
Across the state, Tennessee students scored higher in all subject areas and grade levels in grades three through eight on this year's TCAP achievement tests by comparison to 2009-2010 results. Student math scores grew by 7% and reading scores grew by 3.7%. These improvements show student success with the heightened academic standards implemented last year. An extended version of the statewide press conference is available online.  
 
For the first time, TCAP achievement test results are being made publicly available on the department's website in a district-by-district breakdown that shows the percentage of students who scored at the below basic, basic, proficient, and advanced levels in grades three through eight. High school end of course results and AYP determinations are not finalized and will likely be released in the coming weeks.
 
 "Our prompt release of student achievement data demonstrates the department's commitment to transparency," said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. "We must measure our progress by how much our students accomplish, and both educators and the public need timely access to comprehensive student achievement data to accurately measure our progress."
 
Students in Grades 3-8 take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test each spring. The Achievement Test is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Student results are reported to parents, teachers and administrators. To view the 2010-2011 TCAP results, visit the Tennessee Department of Education website homepage at http://tn.gov/education.  
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