MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores

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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
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MNPS earns ‘satisfactory’ status in TN Ready scores
Metro Nashville Public Schools students showed improvement over last year’s scores on TN Ready, the statewide standardized test administered to elementary, middle and high school students every spring, according to data presented to the MNPS board and published by the Tennessee Department of Education in mid-August.

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

“Data is a useful tool, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of school,” MNPS Interim Director Adrienne Battle said. “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 and language arts increased by 0.7% for grades 3-5 and 9-12, but declined by 2.5% for grades 6-8.

“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—the state’s five-level ranking system—from “in need of improvement” to “satisfactory.” MNPS’s score, which Changas said is equal to the statewide average, is based on a variety of indicators, including TN Ready 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 reported 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 2%, from 18.1% to 16%, but the MNPS rate was still higher than the state average of 13.1%.
By 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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