New state report card released by Tenn. Department of Education

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has unveiled the latest version of the state Report Card, which is now available on the department’s website. This annual snapshot of school, district, and state performance offers users the ability to view multiple achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student enrollment, HOPE scholarship eligibility, school climate, and many others – in one central location. The update includes data from the 2016-17 school year.

The Report Card is a resource designed to help educators and families more easily access and better understand information about their schools and district. It also helps local education leaders to make informed decisions to support their students and educators moving forward.

The report card provides transparency on various areas of achievement and provides annual updates for data points and metrics. One of those updated pieces is a new public school ACT composite average of 20.1 for the class of 2017. Tennessee public high school students improved from the 2016 average of 19.9, with more than 3,500 additional students taking the exam this year.

The interactive website for the Report Card also highlights Tennessee’s 2016-17 graduation rate of 89.1 percent, which is the highest on record for Tennessee. Overall, the statewide graduation rate has increased 3.6 percentage points since the 2010-11 school year when the state transitioned to a more rigorous calculation for graduation rates.

According to the Report Card, Greene County Schools had an average ACT composite score of around 19 for the 2016-17 school year. The graduation rate was 94 percent.

Greeneville City Schools average ACT composite score was around 23, while their graduation rate was 95 percent.

Also new this year, the Report Card shows the full set of TNReady state assessment results for students in grades 2-12.TNReady replaces the old TCAP assessment and is fully aligned to Tennessee’s academic standards, with a particular focus on students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities. High school students showed across-the-board growth on their end-of-course exams, and students in grades 3-8 set a new baseline in the first year. The report card also includes the first year, baseline-setting results from the new optional grade 2 assessment, which was administered in 100 districts.