TNReady assessment results released by Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn indicate that students across the state are performing better in almost all math subjects. The TNReady scores also show that more than half the schools in Tennessee, 56 percent, improved their growth scores (TVAAS scores) from the previous year, with 41 percent of all schools earning a level 4 or 5 TVAAS rating which measures year-to-year growth.
“I’m impressed with the improvement we’ve seen in mathematics,” Commissioner Schwinn said, while adding, “the dedication of our educators, commitment to implementing high-quality materials, and unwavering student focus is what sets Tennessee apart and will continue to be the catalyst for moving our state forward.”
Fifth grade students claimed the largest grade-level improvement over 2018. High school geometry students achieved the largest increase of all TNReady math scores. Algebra 1 scores showed a 3 percent increase, which is significant since Algebra 1 success serves as an early predictor for college readiness. Ninth grade students across the state improved scores by 7.4 percent, while 10th grade students did slightly better with a 7.5 percent improvement over 2018.
In addition to the statewide improvements, there were a number of regional success stories which were broken down by CORE regions. In the east, Oneida City Schools improved third grade ELA scores by more than 21 percent. Maryville City Schools was the only district in the state to increase ELA scores for all students in grades 3 through 8. Six districts saw math scores increase for students in grades 3 through 8, including Anderson County, Oak Ridge, Campbell County, Roane County, Scott County, and Sevier County.