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Mcconnell Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 559 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2011

Let me say while I do still find this an excellent school an influx and shifting of teachers has missed the mark. I am disappointed in the new drive for testing but I do know this isn't just the school it is our whole education system ever since No Child Left Behind was implemented I have seen a shift toward testing being the be all and end all. Next year it is due to get worse when TCAPS start counting as a grade. It is horrible that now we have a situation where the teachers are under so much pressure to get great test scores they can't properly teach. It's not the school it is the system. Both my boys teachers did a fine job this year with my youngests being excellent and oldests doing as well as could be expected under some unique circumstances. I really hope to see a shift away from No Child Left Behind and test driven results.. Also the shift in the difficulty of subjects is really bad, because of new testing standards previous star roll kids are getting frustrated because they are working harder only to get Honor roll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

I have two boys that attend McConnell at this time and while I can say that my oldest (5th grade) received good academic instruction from K-3 his 4th grade teachers were horrible, both academically and to him personally. His science and social studies teacher this year is equally bad. They treated him, and many others that aren't "pets", so unfairly that he went from liking to going to school to trying to avoid it. The kids are not enriched emotionally or socially and are only taught to the test. My youngest is in K and we are seriously considering moving schools even though we know his 1st grade teacher will be really good. Most of teachers seem to like children who sit quietly and fit into their "ideal child" boxes. The school does encourage parental involvement, but doesn't seem to appriciate it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

I'm very pleased with the academic and social progress my granddaughters are making! Just love the happy smiles on the paricipals' faces at afternoon pick-up' .... a sign of a happy and healthy school environment! Thank you!!


Posted October 12, 2008

They actually do have an Art Program now. I love it here. This is my daughter's first year of school and we are very pleased she is making the most important start to her life at McConnell Elementary. There is alot of involvement from the parents and it is wonderful to be apart of that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This is a school where volunteer hours don't have to be required. Most parents want to be involved in the education of their child. The teachers are interested in the well being of the children and work with the parents to achieve success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

I have three children who have attended this school and i think it is a great school they make everyone welcome no matter what.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

The adminstration and staff are wonderful. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to volunteer throughout the school. However, there is no art program and I am disappointed that unlike other local schools we do not offer after school programs such as newspaper, chorus and clubs etc. I feel our kids are missing out on expolring other interest and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

This the best school.They work as a team an have great staff an parnets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

If you are looking for a safe, challenging place for your child, McConnell is the place for you! We absolutely love our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2006

This is a great school full of caring teachers and staff members. Our students are well behaved and our parents are very involved for the most part. Even though it is a large school it has a neighborhood school/family atmosphere. My daughter went to elementary school here. She is now 18 years old. She got an excellent start here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 11, 2005

We Love McConnell. The PTA & Parent involvement are terrific! The staff, teachers, and principals are all very nice to work with. An overall great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading/Language Arts

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading/Language Arts

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading/Language Arts

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

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 Students69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities50%
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

Math

All Students71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
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

Math

All Students83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities63%
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
White 97% 67%
Black 1% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
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 42%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (423) 843-4706

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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8629 Columbus Rd
Hixson, TN 37343
Phone: (423) 843-4704

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