For the second year in a row when scores were available, the Lakeland School System (LSS) district-wide TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) achievement scores, grades 3-5, ranked number one in Tennessee in both math and reading/language arts.
This news was shared today (10.19.17) by Dr. Ted Horrell, LSS superintendent.
In addition, LSS’s district scores were the highest in the state in the sub-groups of economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities in both math and reading/language arts, and was highest in the state in math in the combined subgroup of Black/Hispanic/Native American.
Last school year LSS only had one school with students in grades K-5. This year, the System began educating students in grades K-8 with the opening of Lakeland Middle Preparatory School.
“2016-17 was the first year for students in grades 3-5 to take the newly aligned TNReady tests (part of the TCAP program) after the cancellation of all K-8 testing the previous year,” said Dr. Horrell. He said the success of Lakeland students on the new, more rigorous tests reflects the hard work of the teachers and administration at Lakeland Elementary. “Our teachers and staff, led by Principal Joretha Lockhart, accepted the challenge of preparing the students for the more challenging types of questions and more open responses that our students encountered last year, and it’s clear their planning, commitment, and high expectations paid off for all of our students.”
LSS School Board Chairman Kevin Floyd expressed his appreciation for Lakeland’s teachers and administrators as well. “This speaks to the expertise and adaptability of the people in our classrooms. We could not be more proud of our teachers.”
Dr. Horrell added, “We are already hard at work analyzing this data to be sure all of our students continue to excel and grow academically this year and in years to come.”
For more information contact Dr. Horrell at 867-5412 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.