|Students may qualify for academic magnet schools for the 2011-2012 school year as follows:
The New State Standards and Academic Magnet Qualifying
- Students must have an academic average of 85 or above for the spring semester of last year and the first grading period of the current year with no failing grades, and
- Students must score Proficient or Advanced in both Reading and Math on either the 2010 TCAP Achievement Test or the 2010 TCAP English Linguistically Simplified Assessment (ELSA).
- Students who did not take TCAP can qualify with a combined stanine of 14 or higher for Reading and Math on a nationally normed achievement test.
With Tennessee’s new standards among the toughest in the nation, the district set the academic magnet qualification standard for 2011-2012 at “Proficient” in both Reading and Math on TCAP. The district did not change its process this year, it simply used the new state standards to determine its qualifying scores. The “Proficient” TCAP standard is understandable, available to parents, and allows a diverse group of academically qualified students to enter the magnet school lottery. (Click here to learn more about the standards.) The district considered using other qualifying criteria, like scoring Advanced in both Reading and Math, or scoring Advanced in one subject and Proficient in the other. With the tough new TCAP standards, these approaches would not fill the seats available at the academic magnet schools. District staff will monitor these numbers in the future to determine when to make adjustments as student achievement increases.
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