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Dykes pleased with report card results

Director of Schools Ron Dykes told Board of Education members he is extremely pleased with the results of the 2012 Report Card for Washington County.
“This was a very difficult year with the increase in accountability standards and the new evaluation system,” Dykes said during the board’s Nov. 1 meeting.
According to Dykes, Washington County’s scores are higher than those of surrounding counties and a couple of cities.
Achievement data on the Report Card indicate overall student performance. Measures include the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Achievement tests in grades 3-8 and high school end of course exams. Another achievement measure reported by the state is the ACT test.
Washington County received As in math, reading/language, and social studies for grades 3-8, which are higher than the state average of Bs in all those areas.
The county’s ACT scores in grades 9-12 reflected increases in English, math, reading, and science/reasoning, with all scores higher than the state average.
Tennessee uses accountability data to track growth and improvement year-to-year, which include gains on student assessments, gap closure between groups of students and graduation rate.
The attendance rate for the county schools improved from the previous year, and the graduation rate was 93.8 percent.
“We had the best graduation rate in 2012 since we began recording data,” Dykes said. The statewide graduation rate is 87.2 percent.
Dykes said all school systems are charged with increasing efficiency and closing the achievement gap.
While Washington County met the majority of achievement goals, the gap closure measures declined in the Hispanic and Students with Disabilities subgroups.
Dykes said the system will continue efforts to improve in these and all other areas.
“To retain the As, we will need a 3 to 4 percent increase in student proficiency,” Dykes told board members.