Early data from the various tests that are used to evaluate the performance of students, teachers and school systems shows Dickson County performing at or above state averages in almost every testing area. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks began sharing some of the various evaluations with local educators and the Dickson County School Board last week. “We will continue to review data and determine how we can make even greater impacts for our students,” Weeks said in an email to teachers. Data from the 2013 TCAP and end of course testing shows Dickson County students scoring above state averages in all but two mathematics categories. Dickson County students were less than a percentage point below state average in the number of students determined to be proficient in third grade math at 58.6 percent, compared to 59 percent statewide. The biggest gap below state averages was in Algebra II, where 30.8 percent of Dickson County students were determined to be proficient, while the state average is 42 percent. In third grade Reading and Language Arts, seventh grade Reading and Language Arts and Math, Algebra I, English II and III and overall averages for English and Math in grades 3-8, Dickson County students scored well above state averages. Achievement test scores for Dickson County students showed what Weeks called “very positive increases” in the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced in most areas. “This is just the tip of where the accountability process starts with our principals and with us as a district,” Weeks told the school board last week. “There are many other calculations that go in there in balancing the TVAAS component with the achievement components. Lots for our administrators to study, lots for our departmental supervisors to study and get that information into teachers’ hands so that we can start making differences as quickly as we possibly can.” Weeks said the central office will continue to analyze the data as it is released by the Tennessee Department of Education. Some of those scores determined by student performance are used in annual evaluations for teachers. The new Dickson County school year begins Thursday.