Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released the new, redesigned state report card for 2017-18. This tool was developed over the past year with educators, parents, and community organizations and includes a number of new features based on that feedback, including school ratings, a Spanish translation of the site, and additional new data about the performance of different student groups.
The new report card is intended to help families better understand school performance and support student success.
“We want families to have easy access to information about their school’s performance and how it is meeting the needs of all students, and we want them to have that context on a variety of metrics that encompass success,” Commissioner McQueen said. “The report card provides parents and community members with an additional snapshot of information to understand how their school is performing, see successes, and know where to ask questions and get engaged.”
How school ratings work
A school receives a rating on each indicator ranging from 0.0 to 4.0, like a GPA scale, with 4.0 being the highest.
The six indicators are academic achievement, whether students are performing on grade level or above based on state tests; student academic growth, whether students are making progress from year to year, regardless of whether they are on grade level yet; chronically out of school, students who miss at least 10 percent of school days, or about 18 days if enrolled the full year; progress on English language proficiency, whether English learners are making progress in their understanding of the English language; ready graduate, the percentage of students who graduate and earn at least a 21 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT, demonstrating readiness for college and careers; this is for high schools only; and graduation rate (high school only).
Starting in 2019, a Tennessee state law will require the department to assign each school a letter grade.
How Manchester schools scored
The Manchester School District is comprised of three schools. The data below is from the 2017-18 school year.
In academic achievement, the district scored 41.6 percent, which is above the state’s 39. 1 percent average.
City schools scored a level five in overall student academic growth, which is mid-tier. Schools are scored from zero to five, with five being the highest. The state average was not given.
About 11.5 percent of students were chronically out of school, an increase of 0.4 percent from 2016-17. The state average is 13.3 percent.
The city school district excelled in their progress on English language proficiency earning a 57.3 percent, which is above the state’s 50.4 percent average.
Because the area high school, Coffee County Central High School, is located in the county school district, the final two categories, ready graduate and graduation rate, are not scored.
How Coffee County scored
The Coffee County School District is comprised of nine schools. The data below is from the 2017-18 school year.
In academic achievement, the district scored 38.2 percent. The county earned 0.4 percent higher this year than last in this category.
The county scored level five, the highest designation, for overall student academic growth
Chronic absenteeism, rated by the state as chronically out of school, has been a focus of the district for the past couple of years. This year, the state found 8.3 percent of students were chronically absent, compared to last year’s 11 percent.
The county scored 42.9 percent in Progress on English language proficiency, which is an increase of 5.2 percent from last year.
In the ready graduate category, the county scored 34.2 percent, which is 4.1 percent higher than last year’s rating. Ready graduate, state: 35.8 percent.
The county’s graduation rate is 90.8 percent, which is a 0.3 percent decrease from last year.