The Report Card includes results from the 2015-2016 school year.
“We are proud of the overall academic growth our students are making,” said Interim Director of Schools Stacy Brinkley. “Our administrators, teachers and staff are working together to improve our scores, and our schools should be commended on a job well done.”
Brinkley added: “There are some areas for improvement, and we will be focusing on them as we move forward.”
This year’s Report Card contains only achievement and growth data for high school students who took the end-of-course exams in the spring.
It does not include data from grades 3-8 after testing was suspended by the state due to issues with the state testing contract.
Here are some highlights from the Report Card:
• Four elementary schools – Pegram, Pleasant View, Kingston Springs and West Cheatham – earned high marks for their Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores in grades K-2.
TVAAS is used to measure student growth from year to year. Levels 4 and 5 indicate a school is exceeding the expected growth and Level 3 indicates that they are making about the expected growth.
Pegram and Pleasant View earned a 5, while Kingston Springs and West Cheatham achieved a 3.
On the high school level, Harpeth and Sycamore earned an overall score of 3 on the TVAAS.
• On the end-of-course assessments in several subjects, Cheatham County students outperformed students from across the state and in the 12-county Mid-Cumberland region, which includes Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Houston and Humphreys counties.
Data shows that 40.9 percent of Cheatham County students are on track or have mastered English 2 (compared to 37.7 percent in Mid-Cumberland and 35.8 percent in state); 41.6 percent in Integrated Math 1 (23.8 percent in Mid-Cumberland and 25.6 percent in state); 39.5 percent in U.S. History/Geography (31.9 percent in Mid-Cumberland and 29.9 percent in state); 61.9 percent in Biology (56.7 percent in Mid-Cumberland and 56.5 percent in state); and 45.7 percent in Chemistry (43.7 percent in Mid-Cumberland and 39.7 percent in state).
• Overall, Cheatham County has achieved a Level 3 composite rating by the state in terms of growth scores. The state has five levels, with five being the highest. A Level 3 means a district is at “average effectiveness.”
• Cheatham County’s graduation rate is 91.9 percent – well above the state average of 88.5 percent.
• The 2016 graduating class from Cheatham County scored an average ACT composite score of 19.9, which matches the state average.
However, Cheatham County students rank above the state average on the ACT 21+, which measures the percentage of students who meet the composite score of 21 on the ACT and qualifies them for the HOPE Scholarship.
Cheatham County’s ACT 21+ rate is 43.1 percent, which is above the state rate of 41.9 percent.
• Cheatham County surpasses the state average in the attendance rate. The county’s rate is 92.1 percent compared to the state’s rate of 88.5 percent.
Parents and community members can view the Report Card on the Tennessee Department of Education website at www.tn.gov/education.