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2013 Statewide Accountability System Results
State Awards Highest Ratings for Student Growth!

- Both Legacy Districts Earn State’s Highest Ratings for Student Growth
- Achievement Scores Improve in Majority of Subjects & Grade Levels
- I-Zone Schools Surpass State Proficiency Scores in All Subjects

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released 2013 district level Accountability System results. This is the second year districts have been scored on the Statewide Accountability System, which replaced the former No Child Left Behind adequate yearly progress measures. The state will be releasing additional district and school level data in the coming weeks.

 

The latest Accountability System results are based on data from the 2012-13 school year, meaning scores are divided for legacy Memphis City Schools (MCS) and legacy Shelby County Schools (SCS). Both legacy districts earned a ‘Level 5’ rating for student growth, which is the highest score awarded by the state for growth. Additionally, achievement scores are up in most subject categories and grade levels for both districts, and the legacy MCS Innovation Zone (I-Zone) schools showed dramatic improvement in student proficiency scores.

 

“We have celebrated some tremendous gains in recent years in both legacy districts, and it is extremely satisfying to see the trend of growth and achievement continuing as we prepare for our first year as a unified district,” Superintendent Dorsey Hopson stated.

 

“We have some work ahead, but the collective investments we have made in our schools with regard to teaching, leadership and intervention are clearly moving our students in the right direction. The support of our parents and stakeholders is so vital to our success, and earning the state’s highest student growth ratings is something we hope everyone will be proud of.”

The descriptions and tables below further detail the growth and achievement scores for legacy MCS and legacy SCS in 2012-13.

 

Student Growth 

The Statewide Accountability System results include district-level Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) composite scores. The composites assess overall student growth on a scale of 1-5 and include data from Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies. Both legacy districts earned a ‘Level 5’ growth rating, which is the highest rating awarded by the state.

 

Achievement Results – Grades 3-8
*The table below displays the change in proficiency rates for each subject from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

Combined, proficiency levels increased for both legacy districts in all but one subject category (MCS Reading) last year. The districts also outpaced the state in six of the eight categories (MCS Reading and SCS Social Studies).

I-Zone Achievement: Proficiency scores for I-Zone schools, the district’s analog to the state’s Achievement School District, increased at a higher rate than the state in all four subjects, with major improvement in Math, Science and Social Studies.

TCAP RESULTS (3-8)

MATH

READING

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

State

3.5

0.4

2.1

0.8

Legacy MCS

5.2

-0.4

5.5

2.9

Legacy SCS

5.9

1.1

2.9

0.5

Innovation Zone (I-Zone) Schools
*Included in overall legacy MCS scores

10.0

2.4

13.4

11.9


Achievement Results – Grades 9-12
*The table below displays the change in proficiency rates for each subject from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

Proficiency levels increased for both legacy districts in 11 of the 14 combined subject categories, with the most notable gains observed in MCS & SCS Algebra I, MCS & SCS Algebra II, MCS English III, MCS & SCS Biology and MCS U.S. History. Scores also improved at a higher rate than the state in MCS English III, MCS U.S. History, SCS Algebra I and SCS Algebra II.

 

EOC RESULTS 
(9-12)

ALGEBRA I

ALGEBRA II

ENGLISH I

ENGLISH II

ENGLISH III

BIOLOGY

U.S. HISTORY

State

5.0

8.7

2.0

-1.2

1.8

6.4

0.8

Legacy MCS

4.1

7.2

-0.4

-2.3

1.9

5.8

3.2

Legacy SCS

7.4

17.8

0.3

0.3

0.5

2.2

-0.2


Throughout the transition to becoming a unified district, there has been great emphasis on preserving the best practices of both legacy systems. The following academic programs and strategies from both districts have been central to the gains and growth scores noted in this year’s Accountability System results:

·      Focus on Common Core Standards & instruction shifts in Mathematics

·      2012 Common Core Math training for teachers in grades 3-8

·      Instruction Support Week (Foci)

o   Common Core Standards & Instruction Shifts

o   Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM 3.0)

o   Leadership Effectiveness Measure (TEAM) & Instructional Competencies/Calibration

·      CRA (Constructed Response Assessments)

·      Intervention programs (i.e. Reading Plus, Stanford Math, I-Station & Compass)

·      Regional Content Coaches & the PIT Crew

·      Frequent data analysis

 

The district acknowledges the need for improvement in the areas of English and Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy, and staff is committed to a detailed district-wide plan of action for 2013-14. ELA teachers completed intensive Common Core training this summer in preparation for the first full year of implementation for Common Core Math and ELA/Literacy Common Core Standards. The district is also working on multiple ways to draw greater community support for literacy education. Moving forward, additional aspects of the district’s Strategic Plan will include:

 

·      Strategy A, Reading & Language Arts - Focus all instruction on Common Core Standards

·      Strategy B, Math - Focus all instruction on Common Core Standards

·      Strategy C - Augment Tier I Intervention Plan

·      Strategy D - Require a schedule with weekly intervention time for all schools

·      Strategy E - Hire Data Coaches and fund Formative Assessment Trainers to assist principals and teachers with effective use of data

·      Strategy F - Effective implementation of Common Core Instructional Shifts for Math and ELA in grades 3-12

·      Continued focus on Race to the Top Benchmarks in ELA-grade 3, Mathematics-grade 7, high school graduation rates and other achievement benchmarks


Upcoming State Data Release

In the upcoming weeks, the Tennessee Department of Education is expected to release district accountability determinations, school achievement scores, school TVAAS scores and the 2013 Reward School list.

 

 

 

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