MURFREESBORO — Rutherford County Schools continues to perform among the best school districts in Tennessee, according to the annual Report Card released by the Tennessee Department of Education today.
For the third consecutive year, for example, the Report Card has given the district all A’s for achievement in grades 3-8 and two A’s and two B’s for value-added gains.
The Report Card is released each fall and provides data on each school district and individual schools in Tennessee. This year’s report marks the second year of data since the state implemented its new education accountability system and obtained a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The new system requires districts to make “gap closures” among subgroups of students based on ethnicity, economic status, disabilities and other demographic criteria.
“We’re generally pleased with the Report Card but it does point out areas that need improvement,” Director of Schools Don Odom said. “Because of the NCLB waiver, the gap closures have to be a focus.”
Detailed gap closure information for Rutherford County Schools was previously released in August.
Highlights from Rutherford’s results show:
The district obtained all A’s in grades 3-8 for achievement
The district obtained two A’s (Math, Social Studies) and two B’s (Reading, Science) for valued-added learning gains
The district’s graduation rate is 91.9%
The district has 99.6% highly qualified teachers for core courses
The district has a 19.7 composite score on the ACT
The percentage of students eligible for the Hope Scholarship is 41.1%
The district’s per pupil expenditure is $8,011, which is $1,282 lower than the state average
The combined enrollment of Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools (47,627) makes Rutherford County 3,936 students larger than Hamilton County (Chattanooga). Rutherford County as a whole has the fifth largest student population behind the city of Memphis, Davidson County, Shelby County and Knox County.
Director Odom will give a more detailed presentation about the Report Card to the Rutherford County Board of Education later this semester. To view the entire Report Card for Rutherford County or individual schools, go to http://www.tn.gov/education.
For additional information about Rutherford County’s results, contact Community Relations Coordinator James Evans at (615) 893-5812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.