Every year, the state releases a Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) score for each school district measuring academic progress among students. This assessment focuses on academic growth based on TCAP achievement and end-of-course tests. The TVAAS score helps paint a clearer picture of how students are progressing over time in the school system. These scores are important to fully understanding how our school district is performing based on previous years of student achievement. School districts receive a score between 1 and 5. A score of 1 means students performed worse than expected based on previous years of testing, a score of 3 means students scores show no change, and a score of 5 reveals students performed better than previous years.

According to the most recent TVAAS score, Hamilton County received the lowest possible composite score of 1 out of 5 revealing our students are receiving lower test scores than expected when comparing current scores to previous years. When comparing our TVAAS score to other large school systems in Tennessee, Hamilton County performed far lower. For example, Davidson, Shelby, and Knox counties all received a score of 5 meaning they not only met academic expectations, but exceeded them. Instead of progressing in overall student achievement, Hamilton County is digressing and has tremendous room for growth.

We, as a community, should take this opportunity to work together and take shared responsibility for improving public education in Hamilton County. Chattanooga continues to grow and progress as a city, and we need a school system that will fully support the continued success of our community. Innovation is the driving force in our county providing us with the capacity to build a successful school system. Now is the time to take action ensuring all students have access to supportive school environments, resources, and an excellent education.

What can we do as a community to solve these issues? Sign the Pact for Public Education! By signing the Pact for Public Education you are making a promise to support universal excellence for all students (Sign the Pact HERE).

As a community supporter, you can also become more involved in the movement towards decreasing the number of schools in concentrated poverty by attending our upcoming event with Richard Kahlenberg on November 5th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Church on Main (RSVP HERE).

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