Data puts Kingsport City Schools on a higher level

Rick Wagner • Aug 17, 2018 at 11:15 AM

KINGSPORT — On a scale of 1 to 5, Kingsport City Schools systemwide ranked all Levels 4 or 5 on Tennessee Valued-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) results released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Education and KCS.

The results from the 2018 TNReady data reflect growth gains in 10 subject areas.

TVAAS is a statistical analysis of student assessment data used to measure the impact schools and teachers have on their students’ academic growth rate from year to year. Using a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 the highest possible score), TVAAS measures student growth, not whether the student is proficient on the state assessment. TVAAS helps educators identify best practices and implement programs that best meet the needs of their students, as well as make informed decisions about where to focus resources to ensure growth opportunities for all students.

A state news release said the TVAAS scores show that the majority of Tennessee’s 147 districts met or exceeded growth expectations, and 59 districts had an overall TVAAS composite of Level 5 — the highest level of growth. Eleven districts also earned a Level 5 in each subject area TVAAS composite (literacy, numeracy, science and social studies), although Kingsport fell just short of that. The Kingsport TVAAS growth results were Level 5 in the districtwide measures of composite score, literacy and numeracy score, end-of-course composite score and career technical education score.

“This districtwide growth score of 5 is due to the phenomenal, high-quality efforts of KCS students and educators,” Superintendent Jeff Moorhouse said in a KCS news release. “We believe strongly that all students have a high capacity for learning and growth. These scores reflect our belief that by positively inspiring, cultivating and impacting our students, great things can be accomplished.”

Among 2018 school-level TVAAS growth scores, the following got Level 5: Dobyns-Bennett High School composite; Jefferson Elementary composite; Johnson Elementary composite; Adams Elementary composite; Washington schoolwide social studies; Robinson Middle schoolwide social studies; and Sevier Middle schoolwide social studies.

Among 2018 TVAAS end-of-course scores in certain subject areas are Level 5’s in end-of-course Algebra I, biology, chemistry and U.S. history. Level 4’s were end-of-course Algebra II and end-of-course geometry.

In grades 3-8, 2018 TVAAS scores were Level 5’s in composites for fourth grade and fifth grade; English language arts for fourth and fifth grades; fourth grade math; fifth grade science; fifth grade social studies; sixth grade social studies; and seventh grade social studies. Also, sixth grade math was a Level 4.

Districts and schools use TVAAS in conjunction with achievement data to make sure all students are on the trajectory to proficiency, according to a KCS news release. 

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