More students graduated from Metro Nashville Public Schools in 2012, according to state figures released today in the 2012 Report Card. The district’s graduation rate rose by 2.2 percentage points, up from 76.2 to 78.4 percent of students graduating in four years.
“Our goal is for every child who enrolls in our schools to earn a high school diploma,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “We are working hard across all grade levels to help students realize that goal and I am pleased to see continual improvement in our graduation rate.
“Achievement scores are up and our value-added scores compare well to state averages. We saw some improvement in our letter grades and expect more in the future.”
The percentage does not include students who require more than four years and a summer to graduate. Many students, including some English Learners and students with disabilities, need more time to complete the graduation requirements.
“As a community, we claim every graduate as a success even if students need a little more time than the state’s calculation allows,” said Register.
Metro Schools has focused on programs that allow students to learn in more personalized schools designed to fit their interests and educational needs.
Increases in the graduation rate are the result of many factors, including the success of the Academies of Nashville in zoned schools, the addition of magnet schools and specialized schools such as MNPS Virtual High School, Nashville Big Picture, Middle College High, the Academies at Old Cockrill, Hickory Hollow and Opry Mills, and the district’s data review, school improvement and support programs. Metro Schools’ employees at the middle school and elementary school levels are working to identify and address early indicators that students are at risk for dropping out.
The 2012 Report Card includes district data on the event dropout rate. The report shows an increase to 8.8 percent from the 2.3 percent reported in 2011. The state is using a new calculation to determine this rate. The district has asked the state for a list of students to cross-check against district records to develop an apples-to-apples, year-to-year comparison.
“Erin O’Hara and the data quality team at the Tennessee Department of Education have been very helpful,” added Register.
The Report Card for Metro Schools includes achievement and accountability data originally released in July. The district showed growth in achievement among all subgroups of students last year, placing the district in intermediate status - the second highest accountability category.
Under this new accountability framework, the top-performing districts are “Exemplary” while the bottom performing districts are in two “In Need of Improvement” categories; the remaining districts are in an intermediate category. Tennessee’s new accountability system replaces No Child Left Behind’s Annual Yearly Progress measures. Rather than expecting all districts to meet the same benchmarks year after year, the new system acknowledges that districts are starting from different places and rewards those that show the most growth. Under the new system, approximately 43% of districts were categorized as “In Need of Improvement” or “In Need of Subgroup Improvement.”
“These results show thousands more Metro Nashville students are performing at higher levels,” Register said. “Tennessee standards are among the highest in the country and this new accountability system is real and is holding districts to standards that are difficult, but attainable.
“The growth we have seen this year is the result of hard work, changes to instructional practice, professional development for principals and teachers, and meeting our students’ diverse needs. We want to accelerate that growth at all levels and close achievement gaps.”
Much to the delight of hundreds of 7th and 8th graders, Tennessee Titans tight end #89 Jared Cook made a surprise appearance at Madison Middle School today! The pro athlete made the trip on behalf of the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign, sponsored by SUDIA and the American Heart Association. Cook talked about the importance of studying hard, persevering, eating healthy, and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The special visit came right in time to celebrate Child Health Week. This year marks the 84th anniversary of Child Health Day, originally started by President Calvin Coolidge. Check out the video.
Thirty - four Metro School students will be participating in the 2012 Governor’s School. The State of Tennessee provides twelve summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in these disciplines: Arts, Humanities, International Studies, Engineering, Science, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Information Technology Leadership and Agricultural Science. Governor School is held at universities across Tennessee.
Schools with students attending Governor's School include:
Congratulations to John Early Museum Magnet Middle School for being the top winners in the SUMDOG district Math competition with an overall score of 4,755 points! JEMMMS students won every round, and eight students placed in the top 10 for the entire district. These students will be presented with a certificate for their respective ranking, and every student who participated will be rewarded with a pizza party.
The school will receive an engraved trophy and a site license for Yenka Mathematics software, worth $750. Again, congratulations to JEMMMS students for their outstanding performance!
The first day of school for Metro Nashville Public Schools is fast approaching! Thursday, August 11, all students report for the first half day of school. Friday, August 12 will be an in-service day for teachers, and students return for the first full day Monday, August 15.
MNPS students showed significant growth on Advanced Placement exams during the 2010-11 school year. Based on the July report release by College Board, MNPS students took 3,925 total exams, with 1,886 scores of 3 or higher. In 2010, the district had 4,008 exams scored, with 1,630 scores of 3 or higher. This marked a nearly seven-point percentage jump in a single year, from 40.7% o 48.1%.
During the 2008-09 school year, Smithson-Craighead Academy was placed on probation by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for failing math. Now, thanks to new practices placed in the curriculum to increase TCAP scores and working diligently, Smithson-Craighead now is in “Good Standing” with the Office of Charter and Private Schools for making AYP for the 2009 -10 school year! Today, students, staff, parents and community members gathered for a big celebration and a kick off for the new year of Math in Motion and Read to Race. At the end of the celebration, top-achievers from each class hopped in their race cars and hit the gas! To meet AYP, every classroom included weekly data analysis to assess student progress and provide remediation and acceleration. Teachers held weekly team meetings to brainstorm, implement and evaluate daily practices. Literacy, numeracy and technology coaches assisted teachers with innovative methods to promote skill mastery. Students met in study groups and even used TCAP practice tests for review. Weekly math and reading challenges were held in class to motivate the students for the upcoming test. Teachers and assistants relied on each other to ensure that every student was learning and engaging in classroom instruction for making AYP.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will hold a press conference to discuss the release of the 2010 Report Card by the State Department of Education. Information regarding the district’s status, the impact of higher state standards, and the impact of the May 2010 flood on testing will be discussed. The press conference will begin at 2:45 p.m.Live-blog opens at 2:30 p.m. &lt;a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=f9a5aeb82f"&gt;Report Card Press Conference&lt;/a&gt;