Lincoln County School students surpassed the state average percent who scored “on track” or “mastered”, according to TNReady student assessment results, with proficiencies among the best in the south central district.

Dr. Bill Heath, director of schools, told school board members in a recent report that the percentage of county students “on track” and “mastered” exceeds the state averages in all grade levels and subject areas and also places the system at or near the top when compared to 16 systems in the south central district.

“The TNReady test actually tests what we are supposed to teach and what kids are to learn in Tennessee,” Heath said.

According to Heath’s report to the board, county students in grades third through fifth ranked second in English language arts, first in math and third in science when comparing the percent of “on track” and “mastered” in each subject. In the area of English language arts, 38.9 percent of county students were “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state average of 35.7 percent. In the area of math, 46.3 percent of county students were “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state’s average of 40 percent. In the area of science, county students had 69.2 percent score “on track” or “mastered”, well above the state average of 56 percent.

Discussing results from grades sixth through eighth, Heath noted that county students ranked first in English language arts, third in math and second in science among the 16 districts when comparing percent “on track” and “mastered”. In the area of English language arts, 36.9 percent of county students scored “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state average of 32.1 percent. In the area of math in those grades, 36.7 percent of county students were “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state average of 34.6 percent. In the area of science, 69 percent of county students were “on track” or “mastered”, well above the state average of 60.2 percent.

According to Heath, county students in grades nine through 12 were second among the 16 systems in the area of English language arts, with 41.3 percent “on track” or “mastered” compared to the state’s 29.4 percent; sixth in math, with 22.7 percent “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state average of 22.5 percent; second in science, with 58.2 percent “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state’s 45.3 percent; and first in history, with 47.8 percent “on track” or “mastered”, compared to the state’s 27.8 percent.

Based on Lincoln County Schools’ analysis of test data from last spring, a success rate was compiled of the combined TNReady student scores, Heath said, noting that for the second year in a row, county students had the highest ranking in the south central district.

“It’s a testimony to our teachers and administrators,” said Heath.

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