Early 2011 TCAP results show state outperforming Metro

Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5:09pm


Newly released preliminary 2011 TCAP results indicate some improvements for Metro students, but the district still trails the state average in all four tested subject areas, a trend that isn’t unusual for Tennessee’s second largest school system. 

TCAP scores released Friday –– taken by students third- through eighth-grade this past year –– showed some math and reading advances in all grade levels. In addition, a few grade levels marginally improved test scores in science and social studies.

“Districts, including MNPS, have just recently received their first data from the state,” Metro spokeswoman Olivia Brown said in a statement. “We are going through information carefully and will discuss Metro Schools’ progress once final data is received and that information becomes public.”

But what’s already clear is there remains a gap between TCAP performance in Metro and in the rest of the state.

In math, 33 percent of Metro students tested proficient or advanced compared to 41 percent statewide. In reading, the difference is 40 percent and 48.5 percent; in science, 39.5 percent and 55 percent; and in social studies, 72 percent and 81.5 percent.  

Comparing Metro’s 2011 test results to last year’s, Metro showed 6 percent growth in math, 5 percent growth in reading and 3 percent in science. Student scores remained virtually the same in social studies.

For the first time, according to the state education department, TCAP achievement test results have been made public on the department’s website in a district-by-district breakdown.

“Our prompt release of student achievement data demonstrates the department’s commitment to transparency,” Kevin Huffman, the state’s education commissioner, said in a statement.

6 Comments on this post:

By: briggslcp on 7/9/11 at 8:48

Yes, but didn't Metro (my employer) make it sound all rosy in their press release?

By: richgoose on 7/9/11 at 12:47

This is no big deal except to the teachers who are being blamed needlessly. All one has to do is to look at what comes in the door of a Metro public high school and you can quickly see why Metro school scores are lagging.

By: ancienthighway on 7/9/11 at 8:38

These results are for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Your stereotype of the Metro high school student doesn't really effect the scores of the younger students.

Parents on the other hand do have an influence. Parents who take interest in what their children are learning and help them learn can change test scores and perceptions of those children as they approach high school age. Unfortunately, many of them are the forgotten children of yesterday, not having parents that had an influence on their education.

Maybe the state should focus more of it's efforts on adult education and give parents the ability and knowledge to help their children with school work.

By: govskeptic on 7/11/11 at 5:15

No surprise in this report. Many systems across this state with much poorer
populations do better. One reason is many of the rural areas although they
may be poorer have better in class discipline and participation and parents that don't blame others for their child's poor grades. If and when parents demand more of their precious little darlings will we ever get more! Making sure teachers are both competent and effective in the classrooms is also very helpful especially in these
first 6 grades.

By: gm0168 on 7/12/11 at 8:31

Is this a surprise to anyone??? No way my kid would ever go to a Metro school.

By: GammaMoses on 7/13/11 at 7:54

Discipline in the classroom is one factor in low MNPS TCAP scores. Teacher has to spend too much time trying to control out-of-control students. In my day, if you acted up, you were sent to the principal's office and isolated there. This frees up the teacher in the classroom to teach willing minds. No Student Left Behind program is a good idea, but has proven ineffective so far even with the monies put into implementing the program. Good luck to MNPS in solving this problem.