The Tennessee Department of Education released the 2012 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program scores Thursday, showing improvement in school districts across the state.
A statement from the department said almost all of the state’s 136 districts saw an increase in proficiency levels, and two-thirds of the districts improved in every subject of the third- through eighth-grade TCAP Achievement tests.
In Davidson County, math results marked the greatest increase in third- through eighth-graders, showing 39.3 percent scored as proficient or advanced, a 6.5 percent increase. Reading results showed 40.6 percent were proficient or advanced, a 3.0 percent increase over 2010-2011. Science results showed 44.9 percent were proficient or advanced, up 5.6 percent from last year. In social studies 73.9 scored as proficient or advanced, up 3.2 percent from last year.
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The district results mirror improvement on the statewide level in student TCAP scores.
“The widespread improvement shows that efforts to raise student outcomes are working in many districts,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “Our students, teachers and administrators worked incredibly hard, and we are gratified that so many districts were able to significantly grow results.”
District show improvements in math skills proficiency levels. According to the department, more than 50 districts saw double-digit growth over last year in Algebra I, with some reporting gains greater than 30 percentage points.