KINGSPORT - The Tennessee Department of Education and Kingsport City Schools have released results from the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, which reflect KCS achievement gains in eight of the eleven TCAP tested subject areas since 2013.
The district saw its largest Achievement gains in the areas of Biology I, Algebra I, and English I. Students scoring Proficient or Advanced in Biology I increased 7.4 percentage points in 2014, rising to 83.4 percent. Algebra I students saw gains of 5.1 percentage points, with 79.7 percent scoring proficient or advanced. 80.8 percent of English I students scored Proficient or Advanced, reflecting a gain of 4.9 percentage points. Additionally, KCS met 7 of its 11 TCAP Achievement Targets in 2014.
"This year's TCAP results reflect both strong progress in our teaching and learning journey, as well as highlighting areas in which we strive to continue our growth process," commented KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. "It is encouraging to see the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators reflected in these results. We will continue to use these assessment results to evaluate our classroom instructional practices. Our goal is always to provide our students the best possible educational environment, and these measures help show us where we are being successful and where we can improve in meeting individual student needs."
Other subject areas of Achievement growth noted in the KCS results included English II (+3.2 percent), US History I (+2.1 percent), Algebra II (+1.8 percent), 3-8 Science (+0.6 percent), and 3-8 Math (+0.4 percent). 3-8 Social Studies remained steady at 91.5 percent of students Proficient or Advanced. Two subject areas saw decreases in the percent Proficient or Advanced, including 3-8 Reading/Language Arts (-3.6 percent) and English III (-6.2 percent).
Statewide, districts saw improvements across almost every high school subject, while scores remained relatively consistent in grades 3-8. More than half of districts made gains in 3-8 math, with 70 percent of districts making gains in the majority of high school subjects. From 2011 to 2014, the percentage of districts with the majority of their students proficient or advanced in 3-8 math increased from 18 percent to 57 percent. Statewide, growth in 3-8 reading dropped slightly, and is an area with continued need for improvement.
The full results report for Kingsport City Schools and all Tennessee school districts can be found at http://tn.gov/education. For more information on the TCAP Assessment results, contact Mr. Michael Hubbard, KCS Director of Performance Excellence, at (423) 378-2125.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ... World Class.
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