Giles County WIDA ACCESS Assessment Scores Show Excellent Growth
All students who qualify for English learner (EL) services take the WIDA ACCESS assessment each spring until they reach proficiency in English. This assessments looks to make sure EL students are developing in their understanding and mastery of the English language, and similar to the state assessment, provides an apples-to-apples point of comparison across Tennessee. The key metric the department looks at is the percent of students meeting the growth standard. This standard is a realistic, ambitious target that is set based on a student’s prior year ELPA score, which also accounts for our state’s goal that all students exit EL programming within 6 years.
The 2018 WIDA ACCESS scores show that six of Tennessee’s school districts had 80 percent or more students meet or exceed growth standards. Those are:
- Alamo City Schools
- Arlington Community Schools
- Giles County Schools
- Union City Schools
- Union County Public Schools
- Weakley County Schools
Giles County School System's EL teachers, left Vickie Tucker, right Cathy Bledsoe
Parents and Interested Citizens,
On behalf of the Giles County School Board and the School System, I want to welcome you to the GCSS education family. We have a great team of educators, administrators, and support staff dedicated to continuous improvement in student performance and success. As a school system, we believe we can provide an outstanding educational experience and opportunity for every child who enters our doors.
Regardless of our position, you are critical to the success of the Giles County Schools. Our bus drivers are the first and last face our children see every day. Our custodial and maintenance staff makes sure that children and staff have a safe, clean, and comfortable environment in which to work and attend school. Our teachers are the single most important variable in the educational success of our children. Our Administrators support and guide the instructional process and safety/security of our schools. Our educational assistants provide the support needed for teachers and administrators to do their jobs. Our food service staffs provide high-quality meals to children so that they can learn every day.
This website will provide you with important information. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call me or email me.
Again thank you for your commitment to the children of Giles County School System. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we move forward, making our school's system one of the best in the state and the nation.
Phillip J. Wright
Giles County School System Director of Schools
firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-363-4558 ext. 2131