Wilson schools offer closer look at report card

Wilson County schools were among the best in the state in several categories, according to the State Report Card.
Nov 20, 2013

Wilson County schools were among the best in the state in several categories, according to the State Report Card.

The Tennessee Department of Education released its 2013 State Report Card last week. The annual report card provides state and district results for academic achievement, value added growth, accountability status and graduation and attendance rates per district and per school.

Academic achievement is a measure of overall student performance, which includes the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced on TCAP.

Wilson County Schools earned straight A’s in grades 3-8 academic achievement for the second year in a row. Only 27 other districts in the state, out of 137, accomplished this feat. 

As a district, 12 of the 14 kindergarten through eighth-grade Wilson County schools earned straight A’s for 2013, which is up from seven schools with straight A’s in 2012.

The 12 schools were Elzie Patton Elementary School, Gladeville Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Mt. Juliet Elementary School, Mt. Juliet Middle School, Rutland Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Stoner Creek Elementary School, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School, WA Wright Elementary School, West Elementary School and West Wilson Middle School.

Wilson County schools also earned straight A’s in grades 4-8 value-added growth with higher gains than last year in math, reading and science. This is an improvement from two B’s and two A’s in 2012.

Gains increased from 2.6 to 4.9 in math, 1.3 to 2.3 in reading and 0.5 to 2.2 in science. While the social studies gain declined from 2.8 to 2.4, social studies maintained its A status.

Only 11 other districts in the state accomplished this. Half of the kindergarten through eighth-grade Wilson County schools earned straight A’s in value-added, and those schools were Carroll Oakland Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School, WA Wright Elementary School, Watertown Elementary School and West Wilson Middle Schools.

Wilson County was one of only nine districts in the state to earn straight A’s in both academic achievement and value-added growth. Five of the 14 kindergarten through eighth-grade Wilson County schools earned straight A’s in both and were Lakeview Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School, WA Wright Elementary School and West Wilson Middle School.

Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High School had a value-added status of above or at the expected growth in all EOCs. Lebanon High School was above or at the expected growth in all subjects except English I.

This was the second year in a row Wilson County schools earned straight A’s in academic achievement. Wilson County Schools’ percentage of proficient or advanced students surpassed the state’s in all achievement areas.

Wilson County schools also met 11 out of 11 achievement targets and improved in all achievement accountability targets except English III. Wilson County schools improved in 23 subgroup achievement gaps but declined in 11 and met five of 14 gap closure targets.

The district’s graduation rate was 95.1 percent compared to the state’s graduation rate of 86.3 percent and its ACT scores, composite and individual, surpass the state’s average. Eighteen percent of students in Wilson County schools met all four ACT benchmarks compared to the state at 15 percent.

The kindergarten through eighth-grade daily attendance rate for 2013 was 95.4 percent at the state level and was 95.6 percent. The high school daily attendance rate for 2013 was 94.4 percent at the state level and 94 percent for Wilson County schools.

Some of the challenges include:

improving subgroup achievement and narrowing the achievement gap for

African American students in English III.

• all ethnic students in third- through eighth-grade reading language arts.

• Hispanic students in third- through eighth-grade math, third- through eighth-grade reading and English III.

• white students in English III.

• economically disadvantaged students in third- through eighth-grade reading language arts, algebra I/II and English II/III.

• students with disabilities in third- through eighth-grade math, third- through eighth-grade reading language arts and algebra I /II.

• limited English proficiency in third- through eighth-grade reading language arts.

“Wilson County schools is very proud to be one of the highest achieving school districts in Tennessee,” said Director of Schools Tim Setterlund. “Our students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community should take great pride in this.”

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