Test scores flatten for middle grades, rise in high school in Tennessee

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tennessee's latest round of results on end-of-year tests show a strong bounce in most high school subjects, but a slight drop in junior-level English and a flattening at the middle-school level after years of growth in those grades.

"We're feeling broadly pretty good," Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said of 2013-14 results on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, taken by students grades 3-8, and end-of-course exams for high schoolers.

Huffman, who will formally unveil statewide rests results today with Gov. Bill Haslam, characterized the results in the middle grades as "pretty flat," especially compared to what had been four consecutive years of across-the-board increases after the state moved to higher Diploma Plus standards in 2010.

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