NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Results from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program shows students in grades third- through eighth-grade made improvements in science and social studies.
The figures released Friday come a day after preliminary results were revealed that showed math scores for the same grades improved by 7 percent this year over last year and reading scores improved by 3.7 percent.
The latest results show science scores improved 3.5 percent and social studies scored went up 1.4 percent.
Gov. Bill Haslam credited much of the improvement to teachers at a news conference on Thursday and he echoed the same in a press release Friday.
The Republican governor recently signed education reform legislation that left many educators unhappy. The tenure law, in particular, requires a teacher to be on the job five years instead of three to get tenure. And it creates a way for job security to be revoked for poor teaching performance.
"Tennessee educators deserve immense credit for their hard work this year in helping our students achieve marked improvements and success," Haslam said in the release. "I'm very encouraged by these latest results, and we're all committed to continuing to work together to improve the classroom experience for every student across the state."