New Report Card Determines If Schools Are Making The Grade
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Report Card is out and districts are learning if they made the grade. It's part of an annual assessment produced by the state. This year, there are new features that can help families determine if they're sending their kids to the best schools.
All of the percentages and graphs carry weight in determining if each school district is on track. Even for Williamson County, the highest achieving district's in the state, the results of the state report card can inform decisions that directly impact the classroom.
"We use it to recognize students and teachers for the hard work that they've done," Williams County Director of Schools Dr. Mike Looney said. The data also requires educators to ask questions like, "Do we need to provide intervention and remediation? If so it what areas? In what schools?"
This year the State Department of Education is making the data much easier to use. For the first time along with test scores and demographic information the public can see how your child's school compares to others across the state.
The redesign allows families to make better decisions about where their child will be educated. The information is another way to hold all schools accountable.