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By ALEXANDER WILLIS

The Williamson County School district was among the highest ranking districts in the state in the latest TNReady assessment results released Thursday morning by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), with the district being ranked in the highest achieving category of “exemplary.”

Part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, TNReady is “designed to assess true student understanding, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills,” according to TDOE, with assessments measuring year-over-year improvement taking place on an annual basis.

Math subjects were, by far, this year’s largest category of improvement, with Tennessee 5th graders claiming the largest grade-level improvement rate over last year with a 5.6 percent increase in TNReady math assessment scores. Overall, Tennessee high school students claimed the largest group-level increase in math scores, improving by 5.9 percent over 2018.

English Language Arts also saw significant improvements, with Tennessee 10th graders pulling in a 7.5 percent improvement over last year’s results.

Williamson County saw its share of improvements as well, with grades 3 – 8 all improving in math scores over the previous year. Williamson County’s school district was also only one of 20 ranked as “exemplary” for this year’s TNReady results, the highest ranking out of four that includes the aforementioned “exemplary,” “advancing,” “satisfactory” and “need of improvement.”

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said in a statement that she was thrilled with the results, especially considering subjects like algebra serve as good indicators of college readiness.

”I’m impressed with the improvement we’ve seen in mathematics,” Schwinn said. “The dedication of our educators, commitment to implementing high-quality materials, and unwavering student focus is what sets Tennessee apart and will continue to be the catalyst for moving our state forward.”

Click here to view the TNReady results online at the TDOE website.

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