More than 80,000 students are getting ready to start classes in Metro Nashville Public Schools this week.
The district's director said Monday many of those students are showing improvement in some areas after results from the state TCAP tests were released last week.
Dr. Jesse Register said data indicates students in grades three through eight are doing much better in math and reading.
The tests, which now also affect students' grades and teachers' evaluations, measure everything from reading and language skills to math and science and social studies.
Register said trends are improving in some areas, but there is still work to be done in others.
For instance, he said students are still not hitting the mark in third grade reading and language arts.
Also, the graduation rate has improved in Metro schools, but it is still not the best. The graduation rate now stands at 76 percent. But school leaders point to a lower dropout rate as proof of teacher and student success.
"They're achieving at higher levels than ever before. It's a combination of hard work of students and hard work of teachers," said Dr. Paul Changas, Metro's director of assessment and evaluation.
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