Hamilton County schoolchildren improved their TCAP test scores this year in seven of 11 categories, according to results released by the Tennessee Department of Education, but the gains were concentrated in the upper levels.
In grades 3 through 8, scores in math, science and reading were essentially flat, and students lost ground in social studies.
Math scores for those grades rose just 0.2 percent, science went up 0.1 percent, reading/language arts was unchanged and social studies was down 0.5 percent.
But grades 9-12 showed improvement in five of six categories. Students had a 6.7 percent gain in English 1 and a 2.7 percent gain in English II, but scores in English III shrank by 4.4 percent.
Math scores were up 2 percent for Algebra I and 2.3 percent for Algebra II. Biology 1 ticked up 0.6 percent and U.S. history declined by 0.5 percent.
Overall, the results tracked with statewide scores, according to a news release from the education department.
Other findings in the news release:
• Districts saw improvements across almost every high school subject, while scores remained relatively constant in grades 3-8.
• More than half of districts made gains in 3-8 math.
• Statewide, growth in 3-8 reading dropped slightly, and is an area with continued need for improvement.
• 70 percent of districts made gains in the majority of high school subjects in 2014.
• From 2011 to 2014, the percentage of districts with the majority of their students proficient or advanced in 3-8 math increased from 18 percent to 57 percent.
• In Algebra I, the percentage of districts with the majority of their students proficient and advanced increased from 49 percent to 85 percent from 2011 to 2014.
See more in Thursday's Times Free Press.