2015-16 High School Results
Tennessee high school students have set a new bar for future growth. The results from the 2015-16 high school End-of-Course tests will help us better understand how to support students to be successful after high school graduation.
See district and school results on our State Report Card
Overview of the statewide results
• On the three English End of Course assessments, 8.3 percent of students are considered as having mastered their End-of-Course exam, 22 percent are on track, 42.4 percent are approaching, and 27.3 percent are below course expectations.
• In high school math—which includes the traditional algebra I, algebra II, and geometry courses and the integrated math series—3.7 percent of students are considered mastered, 17.1 percent are on track, 26.2 percent are approaching, and 53 percent are below expectations.
• On the U.S. history End-of-Course test, 9.5 percent of students are considered mastered, 20.4 percent are on track, 34.6 percent are approaching, and 35.5 percent are below expectations.
• Gaps in student achievement widened among different student groups, which is expected when a new, higher baseline is set.
• In science, students took a test that was similar to previous End-of-Course assessments but for the first time introduced a time imit. On those assessments, which use the old achievement levels, overall 15.8 percent of students are advanced, 33 percent of students are proficient, 26.8 percent of students score as basic, and 24.4 percent of students are below basic.
• We’ve been on a journey to raise expectations since 2007 when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Tennessee two Fs. One for telling the truth about students’ academic performance due to the large discrepancy between state and national test results. And, the other for failing to prepare our students for postsecondary and the workforce.
• Our students have risen to the challenge. As we have increased the rigor of our state’s academic standards, student performance has greatly increased. In fact, since 2013, Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the nation as evidenced by exceptional student performance on a national benchmark called NAEP.
• While proficiency dropped in the first year of the new assessment, this does not indicate that student growth fell; rather, we raised the bar to align to postsecondary expectations.
• Just as we expected proficiency to dip in this first year of our new assessment aligned to higher academic standards, we also expect that scores will improve over time as we support all students in their growth to meet these higher expectations.
• Keep in mind that students’ achievement scores from the first year of TNReady cannot be compared to previous years’ results from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) because we have set a new bar with different standards, different types of test questions, and new achievement levels. We have changed from the old performance levels (below basic, basic, proficient, and advanced) to the following performance levels: below, approaching, on track, and mastered. These new descriptors emphasize students’ readiness for the next grade level and/or content area.