Cleveland City Schools celebrates TVAAS score

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 9/6/18

Officials with Cleveland City Schools had reason to celebrate during the Cleveland Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night. Based on state tests from last year, the school system was …

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Cleveland City Schools celebrates TVAAS score

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Officials with Cleveland City Schools had reason to celebrate during the Cleveland Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night. 

Based on state tests from last year, the school system was recently Level 5 district for growth based on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS. The district’s growth composite score was the highest possible — 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. 

“That’s something we’re really proud of,” said Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Cleveland City Schools. “It took a lot of hard work.” 

Dyer congratulated the district’s students and thanked all the teachers, staff, and others who helped students prepare. He also said he is confident students will do well next time around. 

Board members and principals of all the city schools gathered to cut a cake so everyone could celebrate the positive score.

Michael Kahrs, director of student information systems, gave a presentation which, among other things, looked at which demographics of students saw the most growth. 

Students saw achievement gains in English Language Arts for grades 3-5; Math for grades 6-8 and high school; and Science for grades 6-8. Kahrs noted the district was also “better than the state average” in high school English Language Arts. 

Students in four minority subgroups also “made overall gains on more than half the measures,” Kahrs said. These included the categories of African American students, Asian students, English Learner students and Students With Disabilities.  

Kahrs also shared some early school enrollment totals for the 2018-19 year. As of the 15th day of school, the district had a total of 5,569 students. This is just slightly down from last year’s Day 15 total of 5,573, but it is higher than the 2016-17 year’s total of 5,451. 

He added that Cleveland City Schools continues to be a diverse district, with students of many backgrounds and abilities, making the district’s Level 5 TVAAS composite score “pretty impressive.” 

Prior to this, four board members were sworn in following their recent reelections — District 3 incumbent Dawn Robinson, District 4 incumbent Peggy Pesterfield, District 5 incumbent Tom Cloud and At-Large incumbent Charlie Cogdill. 

All four board members ran unopposed Aug. 2, and each of them received more than 99 percent of the vote. 

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland was on hand to lead the board members in their oaths of office. He offered his congratulations and expressed his confidence in their work so far. 

“That nobody else ran shows the community has a lot of confidence in you all,” said Rowland. 

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