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Wilson County TCAP results show gains

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The TCAP results have been announced, and Wilson County students continue to show improvements. 

The percentage of students scoring at the proficient/advanced levels in the upper grade levels of high school had big jumps. Student achievement rose 2.2 percent in Algebra I and 4.3 percent in Algebra II. English I saw an increase of 3.4 percent, English increased 2.8 percent and English III increased 1.6 percent. 

The graduation rate stayed as the tops in the state with just over 95 percent of students walking the line at the end of their senior year. 

For grades three through eight, there were some gains, but also some steps back. Seventh grade in reading/language arts increased by 1.4 percent, but there were dips in other areas including a 9.7 percent drop for third grade reading/language arts. 

“These measures do not reflect the strong efforts of our schools’ students, teachers or administrators,” Director Donna Wright said in a press release Wednesday. 

“We have critically evaluated these outcomes and look ahead to the upcoming school year,” states Dr. Wright. “We recognize that there are areas of strength within each classroom and school as well as areas in need of improvement. The goal of all our educators is to assess instructional practices and strategies and to develop effective methods that will aid in improvement.”

In other school news, the school board approved the budget Monday night, and it will move on to the County Commission. 

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