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Report card shows improvement
County scores up in some subjects
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The DeKalb County school system improved ACT scores and made progress in math and science according to the 2012 Report Card on Schools released by the Tennessee Department of Education Thursday.The document analyzes district-and school-level data using several different benchmarks, including growth on standardized tests and student achievement and attendance.According to the report, attendance for kindergarten-8th grade was at 95.8 percent, the same as reported in 2011.The promotion rate for the same grades was 99 percent, slightly below 99.7 percent in 2011.Attendance at DCHS was 96.9 percent, up from 95.2 percent last year.The graduation rate of 93.5 percent at DCHS is down from 94.2 percent in 2011 but remains above the state goal of 90 percent.Students county-wide maintained a “B” in all TCAP tested grades from 3-8, the same grade as last year.DeKalb students in grades 3-8 received “B”s in math, reading, social studies and science.Tennessee Value Added Assessment Scores (TVAAS) improved countywide from a "C" to a "B" in math, and Science improved from a “D” to a “C.”Students earned a “B” in reading and a “C” social studies, both the same as last year.TVAAS measures academic growth over a three-year period.Students in 5th, 8th, and 11th grades earned an “A” for writing, also the same as last year.The 2012 ACT individual year reveals an increase in average scores in every area (English, math, reading, and science reasoning) over 2011 scores, but remain below the state average.In Biology I and English I, II, and III DCHS students earned a TVAAS status of NDD, which means that predicted scores have been met for an acceptable year's growth.Growth for Algebra I and II was below average for the year.TVAAS growth was shown as below average on the US History End of Course state test, even though more than 95 percent of DeKalb County students were proficient.In Achievement, DeKalb Middle School maintained a “B” in social studies and science and a “C” in reading.Math scores rose from a “C” to a “B.”TVAAS shows DMS math scores improved from a “C” to an “A.”All other areas received a “D.”DeKalb West School continued to score above the state in every academic area in Achievement, earning “A”s in reading, social studies, and science.DMS students received a “B” in math, a match for the state average.DMS students improved in academic areas from last year, with TVAAS scores showing an improvement in math from a “D” to a “C.”Social studies scores advanced from a “C” to a “B,” while reading maintained an “A” and science stayed a “B.”Northside Elementary School achievement scores show that students maintained “B”s in social studies and science.Reading improved from a “C” to a “B” and math maintained a “C.”NES maintained “A”s in reading and social Studies, math improved from a “D” to a “B” and science improved from a “C” to a “B” in TVAAS scoring.Since it is a feeder school to Northside, Smithville Elementary School has the same report card and standing as NES.