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    Hamilton County Schools student test scores show ‘historic’ progress, officials say

    August 14th, 2019by Meghan Mangrumin Breaking NewsCopyright 2019

    Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter/ The Howard School Principal and Principal of the Year LeAndrea Ware, right, helps unveil Hamilton County Schools student achievement scores at the Tennessee Aquarium on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    This story was updated Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at 11:15 p.m. with more information.

    Students in Hamilton County are making gains when it comes to academic achievement — historic ones — district officials announced Wednesday.

    Alongside the county and city mayors and other local officials, Superintendent Bryan Johnson announced that Hamilton County Schools earned the highest designation possible — a Level 5 — based on the 2018-19 TNReady test results and Tennessee Value-Added Assessment Scores (TVAAS).

    “In order to move academic growth, you have to move achievement, and the reality is, we have moved achievement,” Johnson said.

    That growth, district officials said, means more students are getting the knowledge they need to be successful and are being better prepared for the future.

    BY THE NUMBERS

    5: The highest level of academic growth and the level that Hamilton County Schools was designated this year

    21 schools earned scores of 5 across all areas

    32 reward schools as designated by the state

    priority schools as designated by the state

    13 schools saw decreased growth than in 2018

    45 schools with a Level 5 overall composite score

    80% of teachers met or exceeded student growth expectations

    5 out of 8 content areas where the district surpassed the state average

    Source: Hamilton County Schools

    “It means that more first graders are prepared for second grade, it means that 10th-graders are more prepared for ACT prep, it means that seniors are more prepared for college and their futures,” said school board member Jenny Hill, of District 6.

    Hill, like many officials Wednesday, said she was proud of efforts by teachers and schools leaders and of Johnson and his team’s leadership.

    “We have proven that with the same kids, the same families, the same neighborhoods and the same teaching staff, that we can be successful,” Hill said. “And that makes me excited for the future of Hamilton County.”

    Hamilton County Schools’ overall composite score of 5 out of 5 is the second year of improvement; last year, the district scored a 3. The score indicates that the district as a whole is achieving the highest levels of academic growth in literacy, math and social studies.

    “It is historic from the standpoint of the system,” Johnson told the Times Free Press on Tuesday. “It’s important because the system has never been 5s in every area. We think that is a testament to what our teachers are doing in the classroom and the way our students are learning.”

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