State Report Card Reflects Improvement In Cannon County Schools

The 2008 Report Card for Tennessee was released to the public last Monday, November 10th. In terms of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), all elementary schools received a status of “Good Standing.” Statistics show the standard of performance increased from 2006-07 to 2008-09.
Cannon County High School was designated as “School Improvement 1 – Improving.” The “improving” status reflects the increase in the graduation rate, which was 67% in the 2005-06 school year. The graduation rate for the 2006-07 school year grew to 80.5%. Schools Director Ed Diden says CCHS needs to maintain that rate for another year for a change to “good standing.”

The graduation rate for 2007-08 was 83.5%, which exceeds the state goal of 80.8%. Diden gives credit for the improvement to the partnership between the CCHS faculty, administration, and the Credit Recovery Program, a collaborative venture with the REACH Program of Cannon County.

In grades 3-8, the school district received a grade of B in math, reading/language; social studies; and science. The 2008 scores were the same as 2007. In terms of value-added, grades 3-8 received the following grades: math (B); reading/language (A); social studies (B); and science (B). Value-added measures student progress within a grade and subject, which demonstrates the influence the school has on the students’ performance. The value added grades for 2007 were all A’s. Although the 2008 grades slipped slightly, they remain a good indicated of continued success.

Diden says the positive performance report is noteworthy, but the system still faces challenges. He says Cannon County students, parents, teachers and administrators must work in unity to meet the standards for excellence.