(WMC-TV) – The scores from the standardized tests Tennessee students are required to take are in and have improved for the second year in a row.
The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test results show that students are improving statewide.
"If you go around the country today, I think you'll hear Tennessee's name being spoken frequently when it comes to education and progress," said Governor Bill Haslam.
According to the 2012 test results, in grades three through eight, 50 percent of students read at grade level or higher.
Forty-percent of students are proficient or better in math and 60 percent are proficient or better in science.
In high school, greater than 50 percent are proficient or advanced in English I and II, algebra I, biology, and history.
"We're trying to look at growth and improvement of all levels of the system," said Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. "So for districts we're measuring how much they grew, for schools we're measuring how much they grew, and for teachers we're measuring how much they've grown in student achievement as well."
State law recently changed so student's grades and teacher evaluations will be partially connected to the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Scores. State education officials say the goal is to get better.
"None of us is satisfied. The future is too important. And so we're gratified by these, but I think you'll see everybody in this room going back to work tomorrow to make certain next year's numbers show the same kind of improvement," said Governor Haslam.
None of the state's schools have been notified how their specific students performed on the TCAP.
But the governor says there is improvement statewide.
Local districts will learn how they did during the week of July 15.
A spokesman for Shelby County Schools expects their results to reflect the positive nature of the statewide results.