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TN education leaders announce TCAP results, praise progress

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TCAP scores show TN students improving in most subjects. (source: WMC Action News 5) TCAP scores show TN students improving in most subjects. (source: WMC Action News 5)
Gov. Bill Haslam at 2014 TCAP announcement. (source: WMC Action News 5) Gov. Bill Haslam at 2014 TCAP announcement. (source: WMC Action News 5)
NASHVILLE, TN -

(WMC) - Governor Bill Haslam joined state education leaders to announce the results of the 2013-2014 TCAP scores.

It's an announcement Tennessee education leaders have waited for all year. The new Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) is supposed to give educators a better idea of how students are performing.

The test results are pretty good.

"Just three years ago, only 31 percent of our algebra 2 students were on grade level. Now nearly 50 percent have reached that mark," Gov. Haslam said.

That improvement along with growth in many other subjects made educators across the state smile.

"We are very high scoring in the math and the science areas, and I think that has to do with the standards we have adopted in trying to raise the level of expectations," Peggy Murdock of Tipton County Schools said.

High school students made gains on five out of seven standardized tests.

"This high school growth is especially exciting in a year when we as a state released new initiatives designed to ensure that more Tennesseans earn a certificate or degree beyond high school," Gov. Haslam said.

It wasn't all good news, though. One area where improvement continues to be needed is reading. Students this year were 49.5 percent proficient.

"It remains clear. We have to do better in reading scores. In reading, grades 3-8 we are down a little under 1 percent," said Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

Part of the plan presented to bring these scores up include more teacher training and early testing to find out which students might need more help during the school year.

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