Grading the District
State Report Card
The Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) 2017 State Report Card, which provides a profile of each Tennessee school district, shows that Williamson County Schools continues to succeed academically.
Some of the district’s highlights include:
- A 95.6 percent graduation rate
- An average ACT composite of 25.2
- Eighty percent of WCS students are HOPE Scholarship eligible based on ACT scores
- A Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) Growth composite of five for fifth through eleventh grades
ACT results from the TDOE are based on the highest composite score for each student earning a regular diploma. The WCS Class of 2017 posted an ACT composite of 25.2. The state average is a composite of 20.1.
Fifty-five percent of the WCS Class of 2016 scored at or above all four college readiness benchmarks set by the ACT. Only 20 percent of students in Tennessee achieve 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 2017 met that criteria. The state average is 42 percent.
Based on 2017 TCAP results from the TDOE, WCS ranks first of second for all ELA, math and science groups in third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades.
The district also ranks at or near the top for all high school English, math and science groups.
Accountability is based on Tennessee’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver with the U.S. Department of Education. The focus is on increasing achievement levels for students and reducing achievement gaps between certain student groups. In the future, accountability models will be based on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
WCS was named an Exemplary District for exceeding expectations for all students and student subgroups.
Within the district, 19 schools were named Reward Schools: 13 for performance (top 5 percent in acheivement) and six for performance and progress (top 5 percent in both achievement and growth).
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.