Franklin Special School District receives designation of Advancing in TNReady scores

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The Tennessee Department of Education released 2019 TNReady district accountability scores Aug. 15, and Franklin Special School District has received an Advancing designation from the state, the second-highest ranking a district can receive.

Below are a few highlights from the district’s 2018-19 scores:

• Chronic absenteeism was reduced from 4.8% in 2018 to 3.8% in 2019.
• All grade levels improved math scores from 2018, with fifth and sixth grades increasing the most, with 9.7% and 11.3% increases, respectively.
• Algebra 1 scores increased by nearly 10% this year, from 78.7% to 88.6%.
• The district’s composite score remained at a 5—the highest score—for the 2018-19 school year. Numeracy improved from a Level 1 to a Level 5; however literacy fell from a 5 to a 1, according to FSSD.

Additionally, four FSSD schools received Reward status, meaning schools have improved in overall student academic achievement and student growth, according to the TDOE. The schools to receive the status were Franklin Elementary, Moore Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Freedom Intermediate schools.

Director of Schools David Snowden said in a release that while the district is concerned about the fall in literacy scores, staff are pleased with the overall results.

“As I relayed to the leadership team, there are many areas to celebrate with this release of data. I am extremely proud of the dedicated work and support that our teachers provide daily to students of all ability levels,” Snowden said. “This data reflects many of those successes. There are some areas to improve, and we will spend the next few weeks analyzing the data more deeply to determine appropriate next steps at the school and district levels. We remain determined to meet the needs of every student and to provide the teachers with all of the support and resources that they need.”

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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