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Report Card shows FSSD achievement is at top three in state

Franklin Special School District’s TCAP achievement scores, released today by the state Department of Education in its 2012 Report Card, garnered all A’s as well as a third-place ranking among all districts in the state.

The district received all A’s in achievement, with a composite score of 63.25 in the four testing categories — reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. When averaged for a composite, the FSSD scores are the third highest among all Tennessee school districts, only behind Williamson County and Maryville City. In the individual subject areas, FSSD achievement scores ranked second in the state in social studies (tied with Newport), third in reading/language arts, and fourth in math and science.

The district also improved or maintained its overall academic gain (value-added assessment) in all subjects. One year of academic gain is reflected with a C on the Report Card. The district improved its score from a C to a B in two subjects (math and science), and maintained one year of growth in reading/language arts (reflected by a C) and social studies (preserving an A from the previous two years).

“We are certainly proud of the school district’s report card,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “Scoring all A’s in achievement, along with the overall improvement in value-added scores reflects the tremendous work that goes on every day in our classrooms. Teachers in every grade and subject area, work incredibly hard every day to provide instruction to meet all ability levels.” It is this attention to detail and constant progress monitoring that ultimately ensures FSSD students achieve at high levels and reach the academic growth targets set for them. “Our focus on intervention, both during and after the school day, is proving to be successful in reaching struggling students and helping to close gaps between our subgroups,” Snowden added.

As a whole, FSSD students scored at some of the highest levels in the state, with 64.1 percent proficient or advanced in math, as compared to the state average of 44.5 percent. In reading/language arts, 70.3 percent of FSSD students scored at the proficient or advanced levels as compared to the state average of 50.6 percent. The district is proud to show the percent of students in grades 3-8 scoring proficient or advanced in both math and reading/language arts has risen in every subgroup over the previous year’s test.

In the newest category of Accountability, the FSSD performed extremely well, meeting the majority of its gap closure percentages.  In fact, the FSSD was recognized in August by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Tennessee Exemplary District for overall achievement scores and progress in closing gaps among subgroups. However, the district does have room for improvement, especially in closing the math achievement gap between economically disadvantaged (ED) students and non-ED students. Another area of focus for the FSSD will be in continuing to close an achievement gap in reading/language arts between students with disabilities (SWD) and those without disabilities.

“School and district personnel have spent significant time analyzing the student performance data on both State and district assessments. This enables teachers and administrators to develop School and District Improvement Plans to positively affect student learning,” Snowden said. Individual student assessment information is used throughout the year to help determine the best ways to use instructional interventions and enrichment strategies to meet student needs. “While there are still significant challenges, overall I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students and teachers,” he added.


Posted on: 11/1/2012


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