Clinton System students have always done well on the T-Cap tests, but TN Ready is a whole new animal.
“We never thought they (students) wouldn’t do well, but TN Ready is a little more vigorous and more of a challenge,” Director of Clinton City Schools Kelly Johnson said.
The question was how well would the students repsond?
Answer: Very well.
Clinton City Schools received a district-wide composite score of a Level 5 on the new TN Ready assessment.
North Clinton Elementary School received Reward School status for growth for the 2016-17 school year.
It’s a pretty big deal.
NCES scored in the top 5-percent state-wide on achievement in growth, meaning NCES students gained in the top 5-percent.
Combined with the System’s overall score Johnson said, “It validates what our teachers are doing in the new assessment.”
The biggest key to the City System’s success is that everybody is on the same page.
“We have a fabulous City Council and School Board. We have great support from the community,” Johnson said.
“And we have high quality teachers ... And that’s where the magic happens. In the classroom.
“We have fantastic support,” she added.
Another factor for the system — NCES Principal Monia Rael said it was one of the biggest factors at her school — are the students: They know their teachers want them to succeed.
“The students can see our teachers’ work and dedication,” Rael said. “Our students know how much we care.”
Johnson noted that teaching in the Clinton System is special — it takes a lot to get hired.
“We have a multi-layered process,” she said. “We want the right people in the classroom.”
Clinton City scored above the state average in all categories:
ELA (English Language Assessment) CCS: 42.5-percent
ELA State Average: 33.8-percent
Math CCS: 51.5-percent
Math State Average: 38-percent
Science CCS: 71.7-percent
Science State Average: 58.5-percent
So what’s next? Improvement — always imrovement.
Sure, Clinton City scored “Exemplary (the highest ranking),” but Johnson noted that the system’s “sub group” for ecenomically disadvantaged and special education needs shoring up.
“We know where we need to work,” she said. “But if you look across the state that sub group needs more attention in every system.”
The key, as it’s always been within the Clinton System, will be the feeling of it being a group effort it has built and nutured the support from all those involved.