HCS Students Meet or Exceed State Proficiency Levels in 79% of Measured Areas on TCAP testing
Posted on 07/19/2023

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Hamilton County students achieved at or above statewide proficiency levels in 22 of 28 tested areas during the 2022-23 school year according to TCAP data released by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) this afternoon.

Hamilton County Schools (HCS) student data from 2022-23 shows our students performed above the state average in 79% of test areas, including English Language (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies.

“It is powerful to see the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers reflected in this year's data,” said Hamilton County Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson. "The first commitment in our Opportunity 2030 strategic plan is ‘Every Student Learns.’ We recognize the importance of testing data as a benchmark for academic growth, along with continued engagement at a school level. This year we are pleased our data reflects increased gains for historically underserved student groups. In our strategic plan, we recognize ‘Every Student,’ and it is encouraging to see the growth of all students in Hamilton County.

"We will continue to push students forward in their educational journeys with this data in mind as we embark on the new year and continue fostering student achievement."


Three positive areas within 2022-23 HCS testing data are historically underserved student growth, third-grade ELA proficiency, and mastery achievement growth. While students met state standards, the data also showed growth in the number of students achieving level four mastery in many subject areas. As HCS concluded the third year of a newly

adopted ELA curriculum, the district earned a 40.6% proficiency in third-grade ELA. This is the first time HCS has reached over 40% proficiency since the new ELA standards and reflects the implemented curriculum's success. Additionally, the State data indicated a significant improvement in performance across our historically underserved populations.

"As a district, we are proud to see continued improvement of our students' academic success," said Hamilton County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Sonia Stewart. "Student achievement for the year is a testament to our Academic Press and Personalization Framework. As our district works to create life ready graduates, we will maintain our dedication to worthwhile tasks and rigorous content."

Two areas of significant mastery include high school English II, showing a 14.8% increase over 2021-22 data, and third-grade science, increasing by 9.1% over last year. While there are still areas of improvement for HCS, testing data shows increased achievement of Hamilton County students over the rest of the state in many areas.

Finally, Hamilton County students showed higher proficiency in ELA (1.5% higher), Math (2.0% higher), Science (1.6% higher), and Social Studies (2.4% higher) across all grades than the overall performance of the state.

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