By mtjulietintern

Wilson County Schools saw improvement on its Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System results after the scores took a dip last year.

The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System measures student growth from year to year. In calculating a TVAAS score, a student’s performance is compared relative to the performance of his or her peers who have performed similarly on past assessments.

Wilson County Schools earned an overall composite score of 3. The district earned a level 5, the highest level possible, in system-wide numeracy and numeracy and literacy, while it scored a level 2 in science and level 1 in social studies and literacy.

A level 3 represents “average” growth and is considered “evidence that students met the growth standard.”

Mt. Juliet High School, Mt. Juliet Middle School, Carroll-Oakland School and Lakeview, Mt. Juliet, Stoner Creek and W.A. Wright elementary schools achieved a level 5 composite score. Watertown High School and Rutland Elementary School achieved a level 4 composite score.

The district’s composite score dipped to level 1 last year, which followed level 5 growth in 2015.

The Lebanon Special School District earned an overall composite score of 5. The district also earned a level 5 in system-wide numeracy, numeracy and literacy and science composite score, while it earned a level 4 in system-wide literacy.

Four of the district’s schools achieved level 5 growth – Byars Dowdy, Coles Ferry and Sam Houston elementary schools, as well as Walter J. Baird Middle School.

“For the 2016-2017 school year, TVAAS results remained stable and consistent through the transition to TN Ready. Additionally, 55 school districts, more than a third of Tennessee’s districts, earned overall TVAAS composites of level 5,” said Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. “Notably, this includes districts with a wide range of academic achievement and student demographics. And, in 2016-2017, fewer districts earned level 1 and level 2 scores showing that more districts have students who are growing at or above the expected amount. These results point to the ability for all students to grow.”

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com