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BCS earns top growth scores

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 10:22 am

Shelbyville – For the 2022-2023 school year, growth scores for Bedford County Schools (BCS) show a level five composite score, the highest level for academic growth a school system can achieve, according to the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS).

Additionally, five schools earned level five status for growth as well: Cascade High School, Community Elementary, Community High School, Harris Middle School and Shelbyville Central High School.

“As a district, we are beyond excited about this overall growth score and especially proud of our academic growth in the literacy category where we also scored a five,” commented BCS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett. “We scored a level three system-wide in the areas of math, science and social studies, which meets expectations, but literacy is where we really excelled.”

On a scale of one to five, with five being high, TVAAS measures student growth year over year, regardless of whether the student is proficient on the state assessment. In calculating a TVAAS score, a student’s performance is compared relative to the performance of his or her peers who have performed similarly on past assessments. Further, TVAAS is an educational visualization and analysis solution that has been published since 1997 and has been peer-reviewed nationally.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of both our students and teachers and the hard work they put in to grow academically,” said Garrett. “We must continue to invest in all aspects of our students’ education to ensure our students are academically challenged and successful and that our teachers have the support and resources they need as well.”

Garrett emphasized that BCS must continue to build on progress made.

“We congratulate these schools, and we celebrate as a district today,” said Garrett. “But we have a lot more work to do. Moving forward, we will be focused on continued student success and achievement, especially in the areas of literacy and math, through strong academic instruction and using data to help us close gaps and accelerate learning.”

The press release is courtesy of Carol Garrette, Director of Communications, Bedford County Schools, 500 Madison Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160.