By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools
It is a very exciting time in public education in our community, and I’m pleased that by virtually every quantifiable student academic outcome measure, we are moving in a positive direction. In the Knox County Schools, we continue to see solid academic progress as demonstrated by our TCAP assessments, value-added growth scores, and most recently, our ACT test results.
This positive momentum in student learning and achievement is a testament to the effective instruction that our teachers provide every day, and it is a reflection of the hard work of our students, staff, parents and community members… everyone working together for student success.
I am particularly proud that our students’ ACT scores have increased in every tested subject area, as well as showing gains on the districts’ composite ACT average. It has increased from 20.4 for the class of 2011 to 20.6 for the class of 2012.
Further, the Knox County Schools scores remain above the State of Tennessee averages in all subject areas:
English 20.8 (19.6 State average)
Mathematics 20.0 (19.1 State average)
Reading 20.8 (19.9 State average)
Science 20.5 (19.6 State average)
Composite 20.6 (19.7 State average)
While progress has been made, our academic results are still not where they need to be for our students to be competitive in today’s challenging and increasingly global economic environment. More than two-thirds of the jobs of today and tomorrow will require some level of post-secondary training. Because the ACT is an important benchmark indicator of future college and career readiness, we must better ensure that all of our students are well prepared for the next steps in life: college, a meaningful career, and/or rigorous technical training. As we continue our relentless focus on instructional improvements and investments, coupled with the partnership of parents, businesses, and citizens, I am confident we can accelerate our progress in preparing our young people for a productive, meaningful, and successful future. For more information about our academic progress, please visit our website at www.knoxschools.org.
Finally, thank you for your commitment to children and partnering with us as we strive to reach our ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children. Please do not hesitate to call us at (865) 594-1800 if we can be of assistance to you.
Dr. Jim McIntyre
Superintendent, Knox County Schools