Today, Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn unveiled the state report card, an annual report designed to provide convenient access to the most important data and information about every school and district in Tennessee.
"Our goal is to provide Tennessee families, educators, community members, and public officials with information about the schools and districts they care about in a way that makes sense, Schwinn said. "The report card is another opportunity for the department to continue seeking input, listening to feedback, and continuously improving as a result."
The online dashboard for the report card features a variety of information about how schools are performing and addressing the needs of students - information that is critical to understand as the department seeks to set all students on a path to success under its new strategic plan, Best for All. Primarily, the information is broken down into six main categories, which are as follows:
· Academic Achievement: Whether students are performing at or above grade level or whether the school improved from year to year;
· Student Academic Growth: Whether students are making progress from year to year;
· Chronically Out of School: Whether students are absent more than 10 percent of the year;
· Progress on English Language Proficiency: Whether students who are English learners are making progress;
· Ready Graduate: Whether students are prepared for postsecondary education or career paths after they leave high school; and
· Graduation Rate: Whether students are graduating from high school on time.
While the information posted online will look similar to what has been released in the past, we have improved the display of information to make it easier to access and more user-friendly.
The rating system shown on the report card provides a score of 0.0 to 4.0 on each indicator, similar to a GPA, with 4.0 being the highest. Families can click through to see more information behind each rating.
To view the state report card, visit the StateReport Card website at https://reportcard.tnk12.gov/.
For additional data on schools and districts, visit the Data Downloads page at https://www.tn.gov/education/data/data-downloads.html.
Director of Cannon County Schools, Mr. William F. Curtis, stated, "The release of the Tennessee State Report Card indicates data that Cannon County Schools have been working on for many months. It shows the data from the last school year - 2018-2019, and we have evaluated this data in multiple ways. We are encouraged in many areas and note areas to improve in others. Our students, teachers, administrators, and staff at all our schools in Cannon County are working very hard to improve instruction and an adherence to Tennessee Standards with an intentional focus on Student Engagement, Rigorous Content, and Effective Teaching to achieve our MISSION of 'Preparing ALL Students for Their Future' through our VISION - 'The New E3 - Engaged in Excellence Every Day!' The report card reminds us of where we have been, and also where we need to go for our future."