MADISONVILLE-The Monroe County School
System is holding steady with national average in student
achievement, after Report Card scores for the system were released
Monroe County had straight C's across
the board for academic achievement in 2012 in all subjects, the same
scores the school system held in 2011.
"We're not thrilled about that," said Data Instructor Lee Anne Strickland. "But it could have been
While academic achievement findings
show that students remained "average" from 2011 to 2012, value
added scores showed improvements in most fields.
The value added score is a measurement
of students' growth in a year's time. In comparison to 2011 scores,
Monroe County as a system improved from a D to a B in math, from a F
to a D in science and from a D to a B in social studies.
A disappointment of this year's Report
Card findings is that the system-wide value added score in reading
and language arts dropped from a C to a D.
"In general, our biggest
disappointment is in reading and language arts," said Stickland. "We had a drop in grades third through eight and we don't know why.
We were really disappointed in that."
Strickland said due to the low score in
reading and language arts, the school system will focus heavily on
that subject and improving that score in the upcoming year.
A highlight of this year's Report
Card findings is that Monroe County led East Tennessee in Alegbra 1
"As a district, we had the highest
growth in East Tennessee in Alegbra," said Strickland. "We are
excited about that."
All other high school subjects [biology, English and U.S. History] showed no detectably different
growth from the predicted score.
Fifth, eighth and 11th grades all scored an A in writing assessments, a score that has been
pretty consistent for the past few years.
A few other system strengths included
growth in fourth-grade math, seventh grade math, fourth, sixth and
seventh grade science. All grades also showed improvements in social
studies and writing.
The county school system's graduation
rate increased significantly again. As a whole, the district's
graduation rate now sits at 94.9 percent, up from 91.3 percent last
High School's graduation rate increased from 92.6 to 94.6 percent,
Sequoyah High School's graduation rate increased from 93.9 to 94.9
percent, and Sweetwater High School's graduation rate increased from
89.7 to 94.7 percent. Monroe Academy also showed the greatest growth
in their graduation rate, increasing from last year's 82.2 percent to
Strickland said some additional areas
of focus in 2012-2013 will be the achievement gap closure for
economically disadvantaged students and continued improvements in
science in grades third through eighth.
"There are some needs for improvement
and opportunities for growth," said Strickland. "We fully expect
to do that."