Academic impact from teachers being recognized by state

Published 6:06 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017

City of Elizabethton students, from elementary through high school, continue to put the school system in the headlines across the state.
Elizabethton City Schools recently earned a composite score of from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS), the highest score a school district can receive.
“I’m so proud of our teachers and students for their hard work and commitment to improvement,” Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour said in a statement issued to the Elizabethton Star. “A level five only happens when students are focused on their own personal and academic growth, and when teachers are using best practices to improve the way we met students’ individual needs.”
According to information provided by the Tennessee Department of Education, TVAAS was developed to document students’ growth and help teachers identify best practices to meet the needs of students throughout the system. The score represents through different categories: qualitative, achievement and TNReady scores.
Individually, T.A. Dugger Junior High and West Side Elementary each earned a five score through TVAAS. Elizabethton High School and Harold McCormick Elementary earned a three while East Side Elementary scored a 2.
Work in the elementary scores continues to breed success throughout the system. During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, West Side Principal John Wright provided score updates to BOE members for each of the elementary schools in the system. According to last year’s test scores, ECS’ elementary schools are either surpassing or staying at the top of the part with regional school systems.
Wright thanked the BOE for their support and commended the work from each of the schools.
Data available to accumulate a TVASS score include:
* Grade 2 (math/ELA)
* Grade 3 (science/math/ELA)
* Grade 4 (all subjects)
* Grade 5-8 (science/math/ELA)
* End-of-Course assessments
* ACT scores
This week’s announcement is continuing a trend of academic goal being met by the school system. Information provided last week from the state indicated Elizabethton High School was ranked within the top seven percent of high schools in the state for graduation rates, with the graduation rate going up by 2.9 percent over the span of one year.

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