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Dykes ‘very pleased’ with TCAP results for county

On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Education released results from its standardized testing, allowing area leaders and parents to see just where Washington County lines up among other school districts in the state.
Students in grades 3-8 take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Achievement Test each spring. The TCAP is a timed, multiple choice assessment that measures skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Student results are reported to parents, teachers and administrators.
“I am very pleased, overall, with our results. You are dealing with an exam based on national norms. It’s one of the most difficult curriculums,” Director of Schools Ron Dykes said. “As a parent, it should be very pleasing to see your school district doing well above the state average overall.”
Dykes said he was “particularly elated” about the system’s math scores.
“That’s a particularly difficult subject and we wound up 10 points above the state average,” he said. “In math, we are fourth out of the 14 surrounding districts. We were only bested by Johnson City, Kingsport and Greeneville.”
Dykes was quick to point out the overall success does not mean there won’t be certain subjects in individual schools that might still have some problems.
Across the state, Tennessee students scored higher in all subject areas and grade levels in grades three through eight on this year’s TCAPs by comparison to 2009-2010 results. Math scores grew by 7 percent and reading scores grew by 3.7 percent.
To view the 2010-2011 TCAP results, visit http://tn.gov/education.