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JMCSS Releases State Report Card Data

By news@wbbjtv.com

The following is a press release from the Jackson-Madison County School System concerning the state report card data for schools that was released, Thursday morning.  To view other counties or specific schools, you can go to http://edu.reportcard.state.tn.us/pls/apex/f?p=200:1:140995234581963.


(PRESS RELEASE) - The Tennessee State Department of Education today released the 2012 state Report Card.  Today’s release includes district and school level data on a variety of indicators, from student achievement and growth on standardized tests, to attendance and behavior.

We are proud to announce that our district made substantive progress this year.  We have two Reward Schools:  Beech Bluff Elementary School and Madison Academic High School.  Our overall district grades in both achievement and growth have improved.  We appreciate the hard work of our teachers and students in making this success possible.

The report card for the district shows that students in grades 3-8 improved the achievement grades for Math and Social Studies one letter grade to a C, while Reading/Language and Science remained the same as in 2011.  Writing scores in grade 5 increased from a B to an A.  In the 8th and 11th grades the writing score remained an A. 

 

Achievement Grades – Madison County – 2011-2012 State Report Card – 3-8

 

Subject

2010

2011

2012

Mathematics

D

D

C

Reading/Language

D

D

D

Social Studies

D

D

C

Science

D

D

D

 

             

 

Another measure of academic progress is the Tennessee Value Added Assessment (TVAAS).  TVAAS is a measure of how much our students gained from the beginning to the end of the school year.  This is an important measure because students who are behind academically must make gains to catch up.

Our gain scores, as a district for 2012, show an improvement in Math, Social Studies, and Science, while remaining the same in Reading/Language.  Looking at Madison County gain scores by grade level shows that gains in math and Reading/Language were above the state growth standard for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8.   Our 6th grade students were below the state growth standard in these two areas.

Academic Growth – Madison County – 2011-2012 State Report Card – 4-8

 

Subject

2010

2011

2012

Mathematics

D

D

B

Reading/Language

D

D

D

Social Studies

D

D

C

Science

F

F

D

 

In grades 9-12, our scores were above the state’s predicted scores in Algebra I, Algebra II, English I, English II, and English III. This means that we achieved higher scores than the state expected us to achieve.    

Composite ACT scores for Madison County decreased by one tenth of one point to an average of 17.7.  These are previously released scores.  This composite is 1.5 below the state average of 19.2.

One area of note is the significant closure of the graduation rates between white and African American Students.  The difference in graduation rate has been reduced to only .7% as shown below.

Graduation Rate by Subgroup – Madison County – 2011-1012 State Report Card

 

Subgroup

2010

2011

2012

White

96.7

96.0

95.6

African American

88.9

89.2

94.9

 

We have much to be proud of, but we also have more work to do.  The district and every school will focus on those subjects and grades where students did not make the gains needed and we will continue to find ways to improve our instructional practices as we prepare students to be College and Career Ready graduates.