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Moore TCAP results bring “good news”

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

[EDITOR’S NOTE: All number given in percentage of total students.]

The 2011-12 TCAP scores are in and the news is good for the Moore County School System – especially for students in grades 9-12 Algebra I at MCMS and MCHS. The number of local students scoring proficient or advanced on that portion of the exam increased this year 45.7 percent to a 54.3. This earned Moore County the title of Most Improved in Algebra I scored for the entire state. That’s number one out of 135.

On average, the local school system showed progress across every category – increasing in Algebra I, Science and Social Studies and decreasing slightly for Reading in grades 3-8.

In grades 9-12, Moore County increased in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology and English I. Students at MCMS and MCHS decreased 1.6 percent in English II and 0.1 percent in U.S. History.

The TCAP exam tests grades 3-8 in four basic categories: math, reading, science and social studies. It also tests grades 9-12 in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, English I, English II and U.S. History.

Grades 3-8

Among students in grades 3-8 taking Algebra 1, Moore County scored a 56.8 percent proficiency rate – a 7.8 percent increase over the previous year. Individually, 36.6 tested as proficient, 31.4 as basic, 20.2 as advanced and 11.8 as below basic. Moore County 3-8 grade students are ranked 26 out of 135 school systems in Math.

In Reading, Moore County scored a 44.4 percent proficiency rate – a one percent decrease from the previous year. Individually, 46.5 percent tested as basic, 37.5 percent tested as proficient, 9.1 percent tested at below basic and 6.9 percent tested at advanced levels. Moore County 3-8 grade students are ranked 105 out of 135 in Reading.

In Science, Moore County scored a 64.6 percent proficiency rate – a 4.7 percent increase from the previous year. Individually, 51.8 percent tested as proficient, 26.7 percent tested as basic, 12.8 percent tested at advanced and 8.6 percent tested at below basic levels. Moore County 3-8 grade students are ranked 62 out of 135 in Science.

In Social Studies, Moore County scored an 86.5 percent proficiency rate – a half percent increase from the previous year. Individually, only 13.5 percent of students tested at the basic rate. (Social Studies only has three proficiency levels: Basic, Proficient and Advanced.) Moore County 3-8 grade students are ranked 57 out of 135 in Social Studies.

Grades 9-12

Among students in grades 9-12 taking Algebra I, Moore County scored a 54.3 percent proficiency rate – a 45.7 percent increase over the previous year. Individually, 40 tested as basic, 31.4 as proficient, 22.9 as advanced and 5.7 as below. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 109 out of 135 school systems in Algebra I. They also earned the highest growth over the previous year for all 135 school systems.

Among students in grades 9-12 taking Algebra II, Moore County scored a 56.8 percent proficiency rate – a 7.8 percent increase over the previous year. Individually, 36.6 tested as proficient, 31.4 as basic, 20.2 as advanced and 11.8 as below basic. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 12 out of 135 school systems in Algebra II.

Among students in grades 9-12 taking Biology I, Moore County scored a 52.1 percent proficiency rate – a 2.8 percent increase over the previous year. Individually, 42.5 tested as proficient, 28.8 as below basic, 19.2 as basic and 9.6 as advanced basic. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 93 out of 135 school systems in Biology I.

Among students in grades 9-12 taking English I, Moore County scored a 61.3 percent proficiency rate – a 2.9 percent increase over the previous year. Individually, 52.5 tested as proficient, 26.3 as basic, 12.5 as below basic and 8.8 as advanced. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 99 out of 135 school systems in English I.

Among students in grades 9-12 taking English II, Moore County scored a 50.8 percent proficiency rate – a 1.6 percent decrease over the previous year. Individually, 47.8 tested as proficient, 29.9 as basic, 19.3 as below basic and 3 as advanced. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 99 out of 135 school systems in English II.

Among students in grades 9-12 taking U.S. History, Moore County scored a 98.4 percent proficiency rate – a 0.1 percent decrease over the previous year. Individually, 53.1 tested as advanced, 45.3 as proficient and 1.6 as basic. Moore County 9-12 grade students are ranked 27 out of 135 school systems in U.S. History.

“On this year’s administration of the TCAP achievement tests in grades three through six, Lynchburg Elementary School students in third grade showed progress in the achievement component compared to the previous year’s third grade class. Since students take the TCAP achievement test for the first time in the third grade, there is no means currently to track their gains from the previous year,” stated New LES Principal Thomas Fuhrman. Fuhrman replaced Principal Buddy Smith, who took over the top spot at Moore County High School.

“Students in Grades 4-6 showed three-year average gains in their composite scores with significant gains in our fourth and sixth grade composite scores. Our science and mathematics scores on the TCAP also revealed gains for grades 4-6 last year. Teachers in our school are also collaborating to address the Tennessee Focus Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the shift to full adoption of Common Core State Standards in years to come,” said Principal Fuhrman. At Moore County Middle School, Principal Smith says students made progress but have more work to do.

“This is the third year that Tennessee’s students have been tested under the new, more rigorous standards that went into effect in 2009. Moore County’s middle school students showed steady progress in six out of the eight assessments. The seventh and eighth graders exceeded the state average in math, while seventh graders scored above the state average in social studies, and made significant progress over last year in all four subject areas,” said Principal Buddy Smith.

“Though MCMS students made good progress, and improved in most subject areas, faculty and staff acknowledge that challenges remain. Looking ahead to the 2012-2013 school year, math will experience the challenge of another shift in standards as the state implements the Common Core State Standards. English/Language Arts will begin the transition to Common Core State Standards the following year,” said Principal Smith.

To view the Moore County School Systems TCAP results online, go to www.k-12.state.tn.us/tcapresults.

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