TN education report shows improvement in math and social studies

Tennessee students are improving in math and social studies, while test scores saw a dip in performance in English and science, the new state wide education report card showed.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen Tuesday released the redesigned state report card for 2017-18.

The new report shows 39.1 percent of students state wide are performing at or above grade level.

In a news release, officials said the new report card is intended to help families better understand school performance and support student success.

The data released show the percentage of students performing on grade level on state assessments.

State wide, the report shows a 6.9 percent increase in performance in social studies (37.7 percent on grade level), and a slight increase in performance in math, 0.1 percent, to 33 percent.

English and science performance, however, showed a decrease in the 17-18 school year. English language arts was down 1.3 percent to 32.8 percent, and science took an even greater hit with a 54.8 percent report, a 2.4 percent decrease from 2016-17.

The updated design of the report card and information that is included in the tool, including the new rating system, is based on input the department received as it developed a plan to transition to the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“We want families to have easy access to information about their school’s performance and how it is meeting the needs of all students, and we want them to have that context on a variety of metrics that encompass success,” Commissioner McQueen said. “The report card provides parents and community members with an additional snapshot of information to understand how their school is performing, see successes, and know where to ask questions and get engaged.”