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Knox County Schools Continues Growth, Achievement Gains

Knox County Schools continued to show the highest level of growth while making gains in achievement, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Education.

For the ninth consecutive year, the district received an overall Tennessee Value-Added composite score of 5, the highest level of growth a system can receive.

TNReady scores show that Knox County high school students improved in all six categories that the state uses for district accountability: increased achievement in grade bands 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12; reduced chronic absenteeism; increased graduation rate and continued forward progress with our ELL students.

In 2019, for high school end-of-course exams:

  • 44.2% of students were on track or mastered in ELA, up from 38.2% in 2018
  • 31.7% of students were on track or mastered in math, up from 30.5% in 2018
  • 36.0% of students were on track or mastered in U.S. history, down from 38.8% in 2018


For middle school (grades 6-8) TNReady exams:

  • 38.4% of students were on grade level or mastered in ELA, up from 35.6% in 2018
  • 35.4% of students were on grade level or mastered in math, up from 34.7% in 2018


For elementary school (grades 3-5) TNReady exams:

  • 38.9% of students were on grade level or mastered in ELA, down from 40.9% in 2018
  • 45.8% of students were on grade level or mastered in math, up from 41.3% in 2018


Knox County Schools saw its graduation rate rise slightly to 89.8%, up from 89.6% the prior year. The rate of chronic absenteeism improved to 15.8%, compared to 16.5%, and the percentage of 2018 graduates deemed Ready Graduates increased to 44.2%, up from 41.2% the prior year.


The district had 17 schools earn Reward status this year: Bearden Elementary, Blue Grass Elementary, Carter High, Christenberry Elementary, Farragut Intermediate, Farragut Middle School, Farragut High School, Gibbs Elementary, Halls Elementary, Hardin Valley Academy, Rocky Hill Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, Shannondale Elementary, West Hills Elementary, West Valley Middle, L&N STEM Academy and Northshore Elementary.


“While celebrating the strides we have made, we are already beginning the work at a district and school level to identify and address areas that need improvement,” Superintendent Bob Thomas said. “We remain committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all of our students.


“Overall, I am very pleased with the results and I commend our educators and students for their hard work and commitment. From graduation rates to the number of Ready Graduates to gains across many grade levels and subject areas, these scores highlight the positive momentum within Knox County Schools.”


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