Knox County Schools get C's in Reading, Science; A in Social Studies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Department of Education released the 2012 State Report Card results on pre-K-12 education, and the results for the Knox County Schools show solid, steady academic progress in several areas.

The Knox County Schools (KCS) earned B, B, B, and A achievement grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies respectively. The State of Tennessee posted B grades in all subject categories. Achievement grades are based on how well students performed on the TCAP assessments against the curriculum standards.

In overall value-added results, the KCS earned C, B, C, and A grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies respectively. The State of Tennessee posted C, B, C, and B grades respectively. Value-added data measures student growth within a grade and subject, which demonstrates the influence the school has on the students’ performance.

Additional highlights include KCS’s graduation rate increased to 90.3 percent, an increase of 3.7 percent over the previous year.

For the second consecutive year, KCS’s overall scores were either higher or on par with the State of Tennessee in every category.

The KCS advanced from a B to an A grade in achievement and value-added in social studies.

Twenty schools posted all As in achievement versus 14 in 2011. In value added, five schools scored all As versus 2 in 2011.

A.L. Lotts Elementary and Rocky Hill Elementary earned straight As in achievement and value-added for the second consecutive year.

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools said, “I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of our teachers, our staff, our students, our parents and our community... Great teachers, high standards, continuous improvement, research-based instructional strategies and the concept of multiple pathways to success are making a difference in terms of positive student academic achievement and growth.”

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