TNReady, accountability data highlights improvement for Metro Nashville Public Schools

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Updated 10:20 a.m. Aug. 15

Metro Nashville Public Schools received a Satisfactory designation from the state, the second-lowest ranking a district can have, according to district accountability scores released by the The Tennessee Department of Education Thursday, Aug. 15.
On the individual school level, 37 of the district’s 169 schools received Reward status, meaning schools have displayed improvement in student academic achievement and student growth, according to the TDOE.

“Thirty-seven of our MNPS schools, from all parts of our city, received the top distinction a school in our state can achieve, up from 22, a clear sign we have momentum on our side,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said in statement Aug. 15. “This is something that we should all celebrate because when our schools succeed, our entire city succeeds.”

Additionally, seven public schools in Southwest Nashville received Reward status, according to the TDOE. The schools to receive the status were Crieve Hall Elementary, Eakin Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High, Percy Priest Elementary and Westmeade Elementary.

“These results would not be possible without the sustained efforts of our teachers, principals, and all school and central office staff,” Briley said. “I also know that community partners and volunteers have spent countless hours supporting our students and schools. I am committed to continuing to prioritize getting teachers and students the resources they need to be successful.”

Posted 10:20 a.m. Aug. 14

Metro Nashville Public Schools students showed improvement over last year’s scores on state standardized testing and accountability scores, according to preliminary data presented to the MNPS board Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The preliminary findings reflect 2019 scores for TNReady, the statewide standardized test administered to elementary, middle and high school students every spring. According to MNPS, the Tennessee Department of Education will publicly release the full results Thursday, Aug. 15.

“Data is a useful tool, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of school,” said MNPS Interim Director Adrienne Battle. “That being said, the school district is judged by our test results.”

The data—which underscores the percentage of MNPS students considered “on track” or “mastered” in a particular subject—shows growth year-over-year across all grade levels in math and social studies. The percentage of students scoring on track or mastered in English/language arts increased 0.7% for grades 3-5 and 9-12 but declined 2.5% for grades 6-8.

District officials did not present science scores at the Aug. 13 meeting.

While the preliminary data highlights improvement year-over-year for MNPS, more than 70% of students across all grade levels are considered not on track in English and language arts. Additionally, more than 85% of high school students are considered not on track in math and U.S. history, according to the results.

“Collectively, we are eager to progress as a school district,” Battle said.

According to Paul Changas, the district’s executive director for research, assessment and evaluation, MNPS also improved its accountability score, or the state’s five-level ranking system, from “in need of improvement” to “satisfactory.” The score, which Changas said is equal to statewide average, is based on a variety of indicators, including TNReady scores; student growth data; chronic absenteeism; English language proficiency and other measures.

“We’re glad to see we’ve moved up in terms of our overall status,” Changas said. “We’re actually in the upper region of the ‘satisfactory’ category, just two-tenths of a point from ‘advancing’ … I’ll take ‘satisfactory’ after what we saw last year.”

In addition to sharing preliminary testing data, Changas said all grade levels improved in chronic absenteeism and English language proficiency. Data shows chronic absence, or students missing a tenth or more of the school year, has decreased by two percentage points from 18.1% to 16.0%.

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