Students are not the only ones being graded for their performances.
The Tennessee Department of Education released report cards today for every school system in the State of Tennessee.
We learned schools are being graded on TCAP, writing and ACT scores.
Some are doing well with straight As, while others are working hard to do better next year. "We're very pleased with the results of our report card and certainly credit the work to our great educators, administrators and students," said Dr. Debra Bentley.
Johnson City Schools made straight As this year, showing their students are on track with academic progress and Bentley told us their graduation rate sits at 91.7 percent. "That continues to exceed the state's average goal," said Bentley. The goal is set at 90 percent.
Kingsport city schools also saw great results with TCAP scores rising in every subject. Their biggest gain being in math and science and Andy True says they could not have done it alone.
"We have a science curriculum coordinator that works with teachers and students to help develop lessons," said True.
He tells News 5 the students have really connected with the lessons. "The development in those kinds of activities where students can roll up their sleeves and can really get into an activity so they’re not just reading out of a book, they're participating in science related activities," said True.
Other systems, like Bristol City Schools, said they did not make the scores they wanted, but they are still happy with the results. We spoke with Jennifer Rouse, who commented, “Overall, we are very pleased with the direction our district is going. We are essentially seeing improvements across the board and obviously, we want straight As on our report card. But when you analyze the data further from 2011 to 2012, we're seeing some strides in the positive direction.”
True said there is always room for improvement and they will continue to move forward until they get where they need to be.
"At the end of the day, we're here to help every individual child reach their full potential, whatever we can do to help them reach that full potential is where we want to go," said True.
Education commissioner Kevin Huff says there is still work to be done around the state and his goal is to help narrow the achievement gaps.