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State report card again shows high student growth in the two Williamson County school systems


State report card again shows high student growth in the two Williamson County school systems

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) released the state report card December 4, and once again the numbers are high for Williamson County Schools and for the Franklin Special School District.

Williamson County Schools had a “success rate” of 68.7% for its 44 schools, and FSSD’s rate for its 8 schools serving grades Pre-K to 8 was 61.3%. That indicates the percentage of students who score on track or better on annual statewide standardized tests. The statewide success rate was 39.1%, all using data from the 2017-18 school year.

“Overall, our schools are among the top performing schools in the state,” WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney said in a statement distributed after the numbers were posted.  “I continue to be proud of our students, teachers and administrators.”

As a whole, the graduation rate of Williamson County Schools students — 95.6% — is higher than the 2016-2017 school year, and the overall student growth received the highest rating possible, a five.

FSSD also received a growth rating of five.

The success rates in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies also were given, ranging in WCS from a low of 61.1% in English Language Arts (32.8% statewide) to a high of 81.5% in Science (54.8% statewide). Small declines were noted in English Language Arts (-2.7%) and Science (-4.9%), but the Social Studies score climbed 18.5% to 72.7.

FSSD’s lowest score also was in English Language Arts, 51.9%, and the high also was in Science, 79.3%. The Math score was down 3% to 57.9%.

“The Report Card simply provides a dashboard of key information about every school and district in the state,” said WCS Assessment Analyst Kevin Deck. “The report card contains a variety of metrics ranging from students’ academic performance to how often students are missing school.”

Maury County Schools, which serves a portion of Spring Hill, had a success rate of 27.5%. Maury’s high subject score also was Science, with 43%, and the lowest was Math, with 20%. Maury’s graduation rate was 90.9%.

The report card groups the information into six categories and each school receives a rating, ranging from zero to four, in each of these categories. Each rating is based either on how well the school is doing on that metric or how much it improved in the past year, with the school getting the higher rating between the two.

Parents can click a link for each category to see even more information about the rating, providing additional context to the single score. Examples include how specific student groups are performing, historical trends, and comparisons to the state and district.

To access the report card, visit the TDOE Report Card page.

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