MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee’s education commissioner released a new state report card Tuesday, showing how well schools are performing from academics to graduation.
In one of her final acts as Tennessee's education commissioner, Candice McQueen released a new state report card showing parents how well their child's school is doing.
Schools are graded on six different indicators, including academic achievement and growth, absenteeism, and graduation rates.
They're given scores similar to a GPA.
State officials had planned to give each school and district an "A" through "F" grade, but backlash over the TNReady testing debacle forced a change.
“We were ultimately asked to pull back on a summative rating for this year 23 and not to do what we had envisioned, which was the A-F grading system,” McQueen said.
Shelby County Schools improved in several areas. Social studies, math and English scores ticked up, as did the district's graduation rate.
More graduates are "college ready,” and fewer students are missing class.
But the district still lags behind the state average in almost every category.
"There is always opportunity for improvement and these are not destinies,” McQueen said. “These ratings are providing information on how you improve."
Parents can also track how their child's schools performed over the last few years.
McQueen says giving parents more information will go a long way.
"But it also should start a conversation at the central office level, at the individual school level with our principals and teachers about what can we do to improve,” McQueen said.
All the school and district report cards are available online.
McQueen says school districts were sent the report cards for review some time ago.
We reached out to Shelby County Schools for comment, who said that the information released Tuesday was a compilation of data previously released by the state.