Monday, May 13, 2013

Williamson County School Report Card

District Report Card
Once again Williamson County Schools has plenty to be proud of according to the Tennessee Department of Education's 2012 State Report Card. The yearly report provides a profile of each school district throughout the state, using performance on various standardized assessments and collected statistics to award grades.
Below are some of the district highlights from the 2012 Report Card, linked HERE:
·         All A’s in 3-8 Achievement
·         All A’s in 5, 8, and 11 Writing
·         ACT Composite of 23.1
·         Three A’s and one B (science) in 3-8 Academic Growth
·         At or above state growth average in all 9-12 subjects
Visit IN FOCUS for more regarding the State Report Card.
ACT Results
Williamson County students continue to outperform their peers on the ACT test. The district’s graduating class of 2012 posted an ACT composite score of 23.1, up 0.3 points from 2011 and a step closer to achieving the School Board goal of 24. Williamson County Schools also outscored the state average of 19.2 and the national average of 21.1.
For more information on results, including individual school composites and college benchmarks, see IN FOCUS.
TCAP Results
Williamson County Schools is the highest achieving district in the state based on the 2012 TCAP results. According to the TCAP data posted on the Tennessee Department of Education's WEBSITE, the district ranked first in the areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 3-8.
The high achievement continued for high school EOCs as well, with Williamson County Schools ranking first in English I and Biology I and second in English II and Algebra II. The district also ranked high in Algebra I and US History.
Visit IN FOCUS to hear WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney’s TCAP results news conference.
Achievement and Gap Closure AMOs
Prior to the 2011-2012 school year, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) required schools and districts to meet specific measures known as  Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). Tennessee has since established a new accountability system through a NCLB waiver that focuses on increasing achievement levels for all students and reduce achievement gaps that exist between certain groups of students. The achievement and gap targets under the new system are referred to as Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs).
More information about the new accountability system can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education's WEBSITE.
As a district, Williamson County Schools met every single achievement AMO, exceeding primary targets in 8-of-9 measures. The district also met 6-of-14 gap closure AMOs, two short of the required eight for “exemplary” status.
Tennessee’s new accountability system also recognizes “reward”, “focus”, and “priority” schools based on achievement and growth. Williamson County Schools had three schools identified as a reward school for achievement and six more schools for achievement and growth. No school in the district was identified as either a focus or priority school.
Visit IN FOCUS to learn more about the district’s reward schools.

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