Lake­land leads state in scores

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Lake­land School Sys­tem led the state in math and English lan­guage arts for the first year of TNReady test re­sults for el­e­men­tary stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Nearly 85 per­cent of stu­dents scored in the high­est two cat­e­gories in math, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the state Thurs­day morn­ing. The top two cat­e­gories rep­re­sent pro­fi­ciency. In English lan­guage arts, 72 per­cent were pro­fi­cient. Ten­nessee House Democrats call for multi-year TNReady ac­count­abil­ity mora­to­rium. Out­side the Loop: “We could not be more proud of our teach­ers,” chair­man of the sub­ur­ban dis­trict board of ed­u­ca­tion Kevin Floyd said.

“It al­ways comes down to the prin­ci­pal in the build­ing and the teach­ers in the class­room,” Lake­land Su­per­in­ten­dent Ted Hor­rell said. “We’re just grate­ful to have the qual­ity of peo­ple that we have.”

In science, 91 per­cent of stu­dents were pro­fi­cient — which also led the state — but the state has not yet moved to the more chal­leng­ing TNReady test for sciences, so stu­dents took the pre­vi­ous TCAP test in that sub­ject.

Lake­land’s re­sults in­cluded grades three through five, as the dis­trict last year had just one school, Lake­land El­e­men­tary. The dis­trict opened a new mid­dle school this year.

Hor­rell said the dis­trict has been “rolling with the changes” to move chal­leng­ing stan­dards. Thurs­day’s news is pos­i­tive, he said, but the work con­tin­ues.

“You ob­vi­ously want to just keep try­ing to get bet­ter,” Hor­rell said. “That’s a rel­a­tive rank­ing but we want to make sure that in our rel­a­tive dis­trict our stu­dents are do­ing as well as they can.”

The el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school data were the last pieces of TNReady re­sults the state has been rolling out in stages over the last sev­eral weeks. The

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