Hamilton County Students Trend Upward in Latest Data

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 7/23/2013 6:37 pm
HAMILTON CO.TENNESSEE (WDEF) -- School districts everywhere mark their progress with state test scores.
Hamilton county is no different.
The state of Tennessee Tuesday released test results from earlier this year, and local educators found some good news in all that data.

There are high achieving schools in Hamilton county, and some that are struggling.
That's been the case in recent years.
All students are tested on daily progress in the local district, and also by the Tennessee Department of Education, which looks at trends.
Test scores from 2013 are now known in most subjects.

DR. KIRK KELLY, HAM. CO. DEPT. OF EDUCATION IN:27:25 "we are pleased to announce that for this year...our scores are better..better than they were in 2012."

The state tests measure results year to year and against other districts.

DR. KIRK KELLY "We're up in Alg. 1, Alg 2, Biology 1, English 3, math grades 3 to 8, reading language arts for grandes 3 through 8 and science grades 3 to 8."

The question arises..how does the Hamilton county district deal with students who drop behind, and tend to lower the scores?

DR. KIRK KELLY "Often, we can use group work or actually work beyond the classroom, in the morning, in the afternoon, we may have virtual classrooms they can use on line so that there's a lot of opportunities to provide assistance to someone who may fall behind."

Dr. Kelly says the state released the numbers early this year.
He says most of that information is usually not available until the 3rd week of August.
There are rewards for teachers whose classes show progress.

DR. KIRK KELLY, HAM. CO. DEPT. OF EDUCATION "There will be some schools that will receive incentives for good work..there will be teachers that will receive incentives...and that's all based on the results of the students."

Based on earlier scores. Dr. Kelly says he expects the local graduation rate this year will be somewhere in the mid 80's.

The Tennessee Department of education will release the last batch of tests, the accountability data, on August 5th.
That will determine if a school is Exemplary, Intermediate, or Needs Improvement.

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