Grading the District

Williamson County Schools provides information on the progress of the district and schools in academic achievement, graduation rate, the number of chronic absences and more. Results and direction are provided below in several areas.

State Report Card

The Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) 2018 State Report Card, which provides a profile of each Tennessee school district, shows that Williamson County Schools continues to succeed academically.

District highlights from the report card’s six performance indicators include:

  • Academic Achievement: 68.7% success rate
  • Student Growth: Level 5
  • Chronically Out of School: 5.1% of students
  • Progress on EL Proficiency: 71.2% proficiency rate
  • Ready Graduate: 75.3% of graduates (class of 2017)
  • Graduation Rate: 95.6% (class of 2017)

ACT Results

The ACT standardized test results from the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) are based on the highest composite score for each student earning a regular diploma. The WCS Class of 2019 posted an ACT composite of 25.3. The state average is a composite of 20.0.

Fifty-three percent of the WCS Class of 2019 scored at or above all four college readiness benchmarks set by the ACT. By comparison, 20 percent of students in Tennessee achieved that feat.

Students who earn at least a 21 composite on the ACT are eligible for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. Eighty percent of the WCS Class of 2019 met that criteria. The state average is 42 percent.

TNReady Results

Based on 2019 TNReady results from the TDOE, WCS ranked highest in the state for all three grades 3-8 content areas (English language arts, math, and social studies). The district also ranked sixth or better in all high school content areas, including first in English II and Geometry.

Accountability

Tennessee’s accountability system is based on parameters from the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new system measures districts and schools against multiple indicators: achievement, growth, chronic absenteeism, English learner performance, graduation rates, and ready graduates.

WCS was designated an Exemplary District and 28 schools were designated Reward Schools for 2019.

Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System

The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) uses models to measure student growth by comparing a student’s performance with those of similar students on the same assessment.

The public TVAAS website provides access to school and district growth data and allows visitors for compare data.