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Tennessee announces Achievement and Growth Top Schools

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 168 schools as the 2013-14 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.

The Reward Schools span 49 districts across Tennessee and include 90 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.

2014 Tennessee Reward School Counties
2014 Tennessee Reward School Counties

“Tennessee teachers and students continue to show their dedication to teaching and learning,” Haslam said at an event held at Hazelwood Elementary in Clarksville, recognized for both its high overall achievement and strong growth. “Our Reward Schools are leading the state in progress and performance, and we are thrilled to recognize the extraordinary efforts of staff and students at these Tennessee schools.”

This year’s list recognizes 67 schools for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for annual value-added growth. The list also names 17 schools that earned both designations, rising to the top 5 percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement.

These 10 percent of schools receive recognition for their success, and the department interviewed the 2013 Reward Schools to compile best practices for schools across the state. “Learning From The Best: Promising Practices from Tennessee’s 2013 Reward Schools” identifies themes and promising practices in leadership, instruction, and school climate.

You can view the report online at http://tn.gov/education/data/doc/learning_from_reward_schools.pdf.

“We believe there are many lessons to be learned from these top performing schools. Every student deserves a school where they will be supported and challenged, and we are excited to share best practices that have proven successful,” Huffman said. “Because our accountability system recognizes growth and different starting points, we have enormous diversity in our Reward Schools.”

A complete list of 2014 Reward Schools is available here: http://www.tn.gov/education/data/accountability/schools_2014.shtml.

School-level achievement data is available here: http://tn.gov/education/data/tcap_2014_school.shtml.

For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at 615.532.7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov.

List of Local 2014 Reward Schools

System School Name Reward Status
Dickson County Centennial Elementary School** Progress
Dickson County The Discovery School Performance
Dickson County White Bluff Elementary School** Progress
Montgomery County Carmel Elementary Performance
Montgomery County Hazelwood Elementary School** Performance & Progress
Montgomery County Norman Smith Elementary School** Performance
Montgomery County The Middle College @ Austin Peay State University Performance
Stewart County Dover Elementary School** Progress

List of Local 2015 Focus Schools

SWD: Students with Disabilties v. Non-Students with Disabilities

System School Name Subgroup
Dickson County Oakland Elementary School** SWD
Montgomery County West Creek Elementary** SWD

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