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Tennessee’s test scores show improvement in all subjects and grades. This indicates that scores are returning to pre-COVID levels, but not for everyone. Historically underserved student populations, including children with disabilities, those from low-income families, and students of color, continue to perform below their peers. Get the highlights below:

  • State-level results overall show an increase in proficiency.
  • Tennessee is on a new trajectory for improvement based on standardized tests. 
  • To accelerate learning after COVID-related disruptions, Tennessee invested in:
    • summer learning camps
    • high-dosage tutoring
    • focus on early literacy
    • hard-working educators 
  • In response to academic declines, Gov. Bill Lee’s administration took aggressive steps to accelerate learning, starting with its push to keep instruction in person.
  • Commissioner Penny Schwinn acknowledged that Tennessee student achievement is not where she wants it to be, despite improvement.
  • Persistent academic disparities for students of color, children from low-income families, those with disabilities, and those learning to speak English, compared with their white peers.
  • English language arts improved more quickly than math, which was unexpected and opposite the national trend.
  • “I think we all want what’s best for our students,” Schwinn said, “and so it is going to take all of us working together to continue to see the growth and improvement that we want for our students, for our schools, and for our communities.” – Schwinn


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