"Tennessee has grown faster than any other state in the country"

Just a few years ago, Tennessee embarked on an ambitious plan to better prepare students for the future.

Tennesseans took a hard look at where our state stood in terms of student achievement and faced the reality that we were doing a disservice to our students by continuing to accept mediocre academic performance. When SCORE was launched in 2009, we noted that "several factors are coming together to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could lead to unprecedented growth in student achievement within Tennessee."

Today we have reached an important milestone as a state. Of the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) for 4th-and 8th-grade reading and math confirmed that student achievement in Tennessee has grown faster than any other state in the country. Tennessee's improvement in these subjects from 2011 to 2013 is the largest ever by any state since NAEP began assessing all states consistently in 2003.

Here are some highlights from The Nation's Report Card:

  • Tennessee has the highest combined gains of any state for both 4th- and 8th-grade math and reading since 2011. The state increased nearly 22 points in combined scale scores and 28 percent in combined student proficiency rates.
  • In 4th grade, Tennessee moved from 46th to 37th in math and from 41st to 31st in reading.
  • In 8th grade, Tennessee moved from 45th to 43rd in math and from 41st to 34th in reading.
  • Tennessee ranks third among Southeastern states in 8th-grade reading, moving up three spots from 2011.

These results are a direct reflection of the tireless efforts of Tennessee educators, who have repeatedly shown their dedication to student success and, of course, our students, who have risen to higher expectations.

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