Lakeland leads state in scores
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