FSSD students outperform state in TCAP
Franklin Special School District continues to rank in the top five of public school districts in Tennessee in TCAP scores. Notably, FSSD significantly outperformed state average scores, and most subpopulations showed marked improvement. In reading and language arts and social studies, FSSD ranked third in the state, fourth in science and fifth in math.
FSSD met five of six achievement targets based on the combined percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced in each subject area. However, seventh grade scores dropped in reading and language arts (RLA) and math.
FSSD’s highlights include third grade’s bounding jump of 10 percentage points higher in R/LA and nearly six percentage points higher in math compared to scores from last year.
“I am so proud of the hard work displayed by our students over the course of the last year as they continue to excel,” said FSSD Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden.
As a whole, the district improved .6 percent in RLA and nearly 3 percentage points in math.
Also, FSSD students in grades 3-8 improved from 82.6 to 84.2 in science, while proficiency in social studies is 96 percent this year (previous year data not available).
However, seventh-grade RLA scores remained essentially flat (+/- less than 1%), while math scores dropped four percentage points.
“I continue to be impressed by our incredibly talented teachers who remain focused on success in the midst of facing increasingly rigorous standards and deep instructional goals,” Snowden said.
“Everyone, from our teacher assistants to our parents and community volunteers, has played a huge part in helping our students achieve at such high levels.”
In RLA, the FSSD showed improvement or remained flat (+/- less than 1%) in all subgroups except Students with Disabilities, which dropped by less than 3 percentage points.
The district showed improvement or remained flat in all subgroups in math.
Notably, FSSD student subpopulations scored higher than the state’s student subpopulation in both RLA and math:
- Asian students outperformed the state by 12.7 percent in RLA and 10.6 percent in math.
- Black students outperformed the state by 15.1 percent in RLA and 18.7 percent in math.
- Hispanic students outperformed the state by 15.7 percent in RLA and 16.6 percent in math.
- White students outperformed the state by 22.9 percent in RLA and 21.5 percent in math.
- Economically Disadvantaged students outperformed the state by 15. 3 percent in RLA and 17.8 percent in math.
- English Language Learners outperformed the state by 11.2 percent in RLA and 12.4 percent in math.
- Students with Disabilities outperformed the state by 14.9 percent in RLA and 12.3 percent in math.
Achievement Gap Closure
Achievement gap closure continues to be a major focus, with particular emphasis on increasing the scores of the lowest performing subgroups by offering intensive intervention and tiered instruction.
TCAP data indicates that the district as a whole is successfully closing those gaps by meeting the state’s targets in the following subgroups: Black/Hispanic/Native, American Economically Disadvantaged, and Limited English Proficient.
FSSD reports say that the district will need to continue its focus on more intensive strategies to close the gap in Students with Disabilities vs. Non-SWD and White Students vs. All Students in both RLA and math.
“There is still a lot of work to do in preparation for the opening of school as we analyze the data provided by the state as well as our own diagnostic screening results throughout the year for each individual student,” Snowden said.
“We continue to support our teachers as they learn new and better ways to reach students through the Common Core State Standards. We always have room to improve, but we also need to take the time to reflect on the successes that this information provides and celebrate these achievements with our students, faculty, and staff when they return to school.”
Posted on: 7/30/2013