NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Results from 2011-2012 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests showed improvement for the second straight year.
Governor Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, and House Speaker Beth Harwell spoke Tuesday as the scores were released.
Haslam said TCAP results showed steady improvement across the state.
"Pleased to announce that our students scored higher in nearly every tested subject. In fact, our students in grade 3-8 improved in 23 out of the 24 tested subjects. And our high school students improved on the majority of end of course exams," said Governor Haslam.
According to test results, 47 percent of students in grades 3-8 were proficient or advanced in math, up from 41 percent in 2010-2011. More than 60 percent were proficient or advanced in science, also up from 55 percent in 2010-2011.
One half of third through eighth graders read at or above grade level last year, showing slight gains from 48 percent in 2010-2011.
For the first time, scores showed more than half of high school students were proficient in English 1 & 2, Algebra 1, biology and history.
Huffman said it's a day of celebration but he also said more work needs to be done.
"We're making great progress, and I'm very hopeful for our future," said Huffman.
He added that the state has set a goal of growing three to five percent each year. Students in grades three through eight saw a gain of 6 percentage points on math tests and an increase of 5 percentage points on the end-of-the-year testing.
District level data will be released next month.
This year, the tests have more meaning for elementary and middle school students. For the first time, TCAP scores make up 15 to 25 percent of their end-of-year grades.
The scores are also tied to teacher tenure evaluations.