State of Education in the Volunteer State

Tennessee students’ academic progress slipped in the 2009-10 school year compared to the year before, but graduation rates increased, according to the Tennessee Report Card, an annual snapshot of student achievement which was released today.

In the subject areas of math, reading and language, social studies and science, students in kindergarten through 8th grade went from scoring all Cs in 2008-09 to three Ds and a C in the last school year, according to a measure of value-added academic growth. Statewide, graduation rates went from 83.2 percent in 2009 to 86.1 percent in 2010.

To search by school or district, or see more results statewide, go to the portal on the Department of Education’s website.

Here are some other perspectives from across the state:

The Knoxville News-Sentinel says Knox County school system increased its graduation rates but lost ground in academic achievement. The paper also gives a good summary of the outlook statewide.

The Tennessean live-blogged the press announcements and reports that the state’s education commissioner says the standardized test scores weren’t as bad as expected.

The City Paper highlights Metro Nashville Public Schools’ failure to meet benchmarks under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press rounds up results for Hamilton County schools, which included a double-digit increase in graduation rates.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports that the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools superintendent was touting the system’s results compared with other districts.

The Jackson Sun reports that Jackson-Madison County Schools moved into good standing with the state this year, though some individual schools have not.

The Daily News Journal reports that only one Rutherford County school, Rock Springs Middle, was classified as needing improvement. Murfreesboro City Schools are classified as a high-priority school district because of poor achievement among English as a second language students.

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