Wednesday, December 14, 2016
KCS scores above state average
Knox County scored seven percent above the state average and above other large Tennessee districts, according to a news release from Knox County Schools.
“Tennessee is the fastest-improving state in the nation academically, and Knox County Schools scored above the state average in nearly everything,” Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas said in a statement. “That’s good news."
The state's annual report card measures each district and school on math, reading, science and social studies. For this year's assessment, the state used a four-level performance reporting format: "mastered," "on track," "approaching" and "below."
Thomas said he is "especially proud" of how the district is doing in math.
“Algebra 1 and Geometry are gateway classes that prepare students for success in life as well as college and career. They teach kids how to think," he said. "And I am especially pleased that two of our highest needs high schools – Austin-East and Fulton – had among the highest possible academic growth scores.”
Knox County Schools saw a big improvements in math, with 79 percent of high school students scoring on track or mastered - a 28 percent increase over the 2014-2015 school year. The district saw a 4 percent gain in English over the 2014-2015 school year, with 75 percent of high school students scoring on track or mastered.