Metro Schools' TCAP Scores Improve In Math, Lag In Reading

Metro Schools' TCAP Scores Improve In Math, Lag In Reading

CREATED Jul 26, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Nashville Public Schools students have shown steady progress over the past year but roughly half of them are still less than proficient in most areas, according to test results released by the district on Thursday morning.

Director of Schools Jesse Register said trends in district data are similar to statewide results released earlier this year.

Students are showing continued growth in elementary school math- where 42 percent of students are on grade level. In high school - 51 percent are proficient in Algebra 1 and in biology it's 46 percent. However, there is a concern about a drop in reading scores.

Reading scores for grades 3-8 dropped by seven-tenths of a percentage point, and English II scores declined by 1.2 percentage points.

"These results may be affected by the transition to Common Core and a change requiring more exceptional education students to take the TCAP," said Dr. Register. "However, we are not discounting these results and are developing a comprehensive K-12 literacy plan to address our students' academic needs."

Last year's graduation rate improved from 76.2 percent to 78.4 percent, which surpassed the state's objective. Officials said preliminary data also indicates the 2013 graduation will continue to rise.

The gap between Davidson County students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities is less than half of the statewide gap in grades 3-8 for both reading and math.