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Metro Schools improve in annual state report card

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The Tennessee Department of Education has released its annual school report card, which measures each district and school on math, reading, science and social studies.

Overall, state students scored straight Bs in achievement in math, reading, science and social studies, and all of those scores improved from last year.

Metro Nashville Public Schools saw improvements in achievement. The district received C grades in math, reading and social studies, and a D in science.

"The trend lines are very important, and we feel like we're seeing good growth. Now, we would like the incline to be greater. We want to pick up the speed," said Metro Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register.

Also, the district's graduation rate improved two percentage points to 78 percent with a dropout rate of 10 percent.

"Closing that gap is a different challenge for us than a lot of school systems that are homogenous," Register said.

Schools in Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties all scored straight As in achievement.

The state school report card also breaks down data for every public school in the state, and many of those schools also saw achievement gains.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said the state is headed in the right direction, but he still has concerns about achievement gaps between different demographics, income levels and students with disabilities.

"If you look at the overall growth of students across the state, we had really strong growth particularly in math and science," Huffman said. "We continue to have large gaps between groups of students."

McGavock High School Principal Robbin Wall found much to like in his school's report card, such as huge leap in Algebra I scores.

"In the areas where we are held more accountable, our students are doing a much better job," Wall said.

Huffman said he plans to try and focus on improving the test scores of students with disabilities over the course of the next year.

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