In the fall of 2016, the Tennessee Department of Education began reporting ACT results based on the highest composite score for each student earning a regular diploma. Based on this new methodology, the district’s graduating class of 2016 posted an ACT composite score of 24.6, outperforming the state average of 19.9.
When considering the college readiness benchmarks established by ACT, 51% of the district’s 2016 graduating class scored at or above all four. On average, 20% of students in Tennessee achieve such a feat.
Students who achieve at least a 21 composite on the ACT are eligible for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. In WCS, 79% of the 2016 graduating class met this criteria compared to the state average of 42%.
There are several references to “value-added growth” on this report card. Instead of measuring proficiency on state assessments, the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) uses statistical models to measure student growth by comparing one student’s performance with many other similar students on the same assessment.
The public TVAAS website provides access to school and district growth disaggregated in various ways, including a function for comparing their data.