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Bess T Shepherd Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 512 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2012

For the last 8 years I have been a teacher at BTSE. This has been a great place to teach and for students to learn. All schools have problems but when parents, teachers and administration work together great success can be achieved. I look at some of the parent comments and read the bashing of our school for single years not multiples. Those could have been the same issues at another school! What did you do personally to create a change in the our school for your child if you noticed a problem?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2013

My daughter went here for the second grade after we moved down here from up North, and it have been a complete waste of time! Her teacher Mrs. Talley miss more days out the school year like no other. I never heard of a second grade class that don't give out spelling tests nor timed fast facts! My daughter has spent most of her school year with a sub, and you know what that means...FUN DAY EVERYDAY W/ NO HOMEWORK! I'M VERY UNHAPPY HERE AND WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

Ms Brown is the new principal and I thinks she is doing a get job with our children. And Bess T Shepherd does not have a pto no more. We are thePTA now and we have 98 members and all of us is helping with the school to be better. Plus we have the best teachers and others staff to be the best in what they do. Me as a parent and a PTA member we put in alot of work. So I think our school should be rated better than a 3. Our school learns alot from the staff, and the teachers are great too, they go out the way for the children and my child is smart and I love her teacher, she is great. I think its sad that our school don't get the right credit they deserve, we have lots of smart children that needs credit. I don't understand way they are not known
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

A growing PTO and new principal staff will contribute to a five-star score in no time! Keep up the good work Bess T.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

I am very happy with this school. The principal is great, the teachers are fantastic and the curriculum is just what my son needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

I love teaching at Bess T. As a related arts teacher, I teach every child in the school. Our children and parents are wonderful and that makes going to work every day a pleasure.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 17, 2009

I transferred my son to Bess T. because of the diversity of the school. I have been particularly pleased at the level of communication from the teachers and administration at the school. It is very evident that this school puts students achievement (both academic and personal) first. I am so glad that I made the decision to put him at Bess T. I think that he will have a great foundation to build upon as he continues through elementary school and future education pathways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School is a wonderful place in which to work. The teachers and administration provide personal and professional support.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 17, 2009

What a great place to work with students and parents!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 30, 2009

My daughter loved going to school at Bess T. She had fabulous teachers. Ms. Newson and Mrs. Ott are two of the best teachers any of my kids have ever had. What I like most about the school is the cultural and economic diversity of the student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My twins have attended BTS since kindergarten, it's a great place to learn and grow at the same time
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

my daughter has attended BTS since kindergarten, i absolutely love this school, granted we've had our share of problems but with the other students there. BTS has exceeded my expectations really with just minor things that I have brought to their attention and so far so good. The teachers are great also,but I personally miss the old principle,I could always talk with her and we work out whatever came up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

My daughter has been a student at BTS since Kindergarden. She is now in the 5th grade and is in the gifted program, reading on the 7th grade level, an avid writer and test in the upper 15% on TCAP. The teachers and administration are committed and dedicated to excellence in learning. BTS is a diverse school with many positive attributes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

I pulled my Son from BTS school for his 4th grade year (08-09) His 3rd grade year was 'The worst year in his life' and his self-esteem was destroyed by constant bullying .One year has done so much damage to my child. The principle is the root of of the problem at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

i home school my kids now.so they didn't have to go there anymore.my kids would get hart at school from other kids, and the principal never called me. my kids didn't wont to go back their this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

Bess T. Shepherd has a wonderful academic programs as well as amazing parent involvement. My son did attend K there for the first part of the grade then we ran into an issue with the school principal and I enrolled him somewhere else. However due to the wonderful teachers and the entire teaching prospect there I will be allowing him to try again hopefully without any interference from this principal. As far as extracurricular activities they are equally amazing a new thing everyday of the week and the PE coaches are great!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
24%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
28%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
19%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
14%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learners14%

Reading/Language Arts

All Students19%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learners7%

Social Studies

All Students71%
African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learners43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students32%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students31%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students42%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students76%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White39%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students31%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White39%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students32%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students73%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 23%
White 23% 67%
Hispanic 22% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7126 Tyner Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 855-2611

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