CSE Executive Director Mendell Grinter released the following statement on the recent TNReady End of Course High School Test Results
Memphis, TN – Campapign for School Equity (CSE) advocates for equal educational opportunity for all children, and remains committed to the equitable utilization of high quality educational options. Since our inception, we have worked to unite communities of clergy, parents and students to raise their voices to create effective change in our education system and promote improved outcomes for students.
Yesterday, when Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the district level end-of-course results for the second year of TNReady, we were encouraged to learn of the findings. Percentages of students across the state now scoring “on track or mastered” in high school math and English have increased. Additionally, nearly every school district also reduced the percentage of high school students who scored in the lowest performance level, which is called “below” – demonstrating widespread academic advancement.
At home here in Memphis, CSE has recently kicked off our direct student advocacy work. Starting this September, we will have presence in 8 local high schools working with students to develop personal advocacy skills and a collective agenda to improve education quality and outcomes for more students.
We are optimistic about the potential for students across the state to continue making academic gains. And with the recent release of the TNReady end-of-course results, we are even more motivated to continue our work. CSE also recognizes the need to do more to ensure all children are achieving to their highest potential. The gains that some Memphis high school students achieved are incremental, demonstrating a need to continue supporting interventions, innovation and school turn-around strategies that work while enhancing focus on areas for improvement. Our recent 2017 State of Equity report highlights those areas and mirrors our advocacy agenda for the upcoming year. Stay engaged with us as we forge ahead to advocate for equity in schools and higher achievement rates for all students.
*TNReady is the statewide assessment administered to all students in grades 3-11. End of the Course (EOC) results from the Tennessee Department of Education can be viewed at www.tnready.gov.