Volume 51, Number 44

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pickett Schools make adequate yearly progress

Submitted by Pickett County Director of Schools Diane Elder

Congratulations to Pickett County Schools for making adequate yearly progress. Both Pickett County High School and Pickett County K-8 are recognized by Tennessee State Department of Education as being in "Good Standing." The implementation of Tennessee Diploma Project meant new curriculum standards, new assessment and new graduation requirements which prompted adjustments in the evaluation of a students progress. Everyone in the state expected a decrease in achievement due to the new standards, assessments and new baseline. Because of these new standards our goals were increased and our teachers and students worked extremely hard to maintain our status of "Good Standing."

Achievement scores for Pickett County are as follows:
Math - 2009-B, 2010-C
Reading/ Language Arts - 2009-C, 2010-C
Social Studies - 2009-C, 2010-B
Science - 2009-C, 2010-B

When comparing Pickett County School Systems scores to the other 135 systems who have data, we found the following information: nine systems have a better value added than we do in math. Thirty systems equal us and the rest fall below us, three systems have a better value added then we do in reading/language, 27 systems equal us and the rest are below us, nine systems have better value added than us in social studies, 47 systems are equal to us and the rest are below:

Achievements scores are as follows:
Math - 2009-C, 2010-C
Reading/Lang. Arts - 2009-B, 2010-B
Social Studies - 2009-B, 2010-B
Science - 2009-C, 2010-B

When comparing Pickett County School System scores to the other 135 systems data, we found the following information: 69 systems have better achievement in math with the remainder having scores equal too or less than ours, 13 out of 135 systems have better achievement in reading/language with the remainder having scores equal to or less than ours, 31 systems have better achievement in social studies with the remainder having scores equal to or less than ours and only 26 systems have better achievement in science with the remainder of the scores having equal to or less than Pickett County School Systems.
Pickett County High School has also made adequate yearly progress and is in "Good Standing." In math 47% of all students scored proficient or advanced in math, with 53% scoring in below basic or basic range reading/language plus writing. Pickett County High School students had 80% to score proficient or advanced with 20% scoring basic or below.
Pickett County High School had a graduation rate of 97.78%, which is well above the state goal of 90%. Both PCK-8 and PCHS are Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited and are deemed Safe Schools. One hundred percent of the classes are taught by teachers who are certified and highly qualified.
Pickett County Director of Schools Diane Elder stated, "I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the school board, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and especially the students. It is with this joint effort of their hard work and dedication that our school system has performed well above the state expectations. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone involved for a job well done. Pickett County Schools are among the very best in the state and it is a pleasure to serve our schools. As always we will continue to strive for improvements and set our goals higher."

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