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Schools Excel on Report Card

posted Oct 3, 2016, 5:27 AM by Chris Whitehorne   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 5:36 AM ]
Blount County's three school districts are continuing to make significant strides toward the state's increased academic standards, benchmarks and proficiency levels.

The Tennessee Departmentof Education released the stateReport Card on Thursday afternoon. It contains academic achievement grades, accountability data, graduation rates and value added academic growth data.

"Overall, we continued to have strong performance, especially in grades 3-8," said Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt." We also had strong performance in the majority of high school courses. We've got some areas where we need to make adjustments: English III and chemistry, which was new for us this year. However, I'm proud of the great teaching and learning that took place last year."Blount County Schools received A's on its math, science and social studies assessments and B on its reading assessments. Last year, the district received A's on its math and social studies assessments and B's on its reading and science assessments. Blount County received A's on its math and social studies value added scores and C's on its reading and science value added scores. Last year, the district received A's on its math and social studies value added scores and B's on its reading and science value added scores.

Blount County's graduation rate fell 2.3 percent to 89.1 percent. The district's graduation rate was 82.3 percent in 2008, 86.2 percent in 2009, 90.5 percent in 2010, 90 percent in 2011, 90.6 percent in 2012 and 91.4 percent in 2013.

BY MATTHEW STEWART- The Daily Times