Seven Northeast Tennessee schools named among the best in Tennessee

Rick Wagner • Aug 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Seven Northeast Tennessee schools, including one in Hawkins County, have been named among the best in Tennessee.Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman Monday announced 169 schools as the 2012-13 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth or progress and/or the top 5 percent for academic achievement or performance.Mount Carmel Elementary in Hawkins County and Holston View Elementary in Bristol won for progress, Fairmont and Lake Ridge elementaries in Johnson City for performance, Towne Acres elementary in Johnson City for progress and performance, University School in Washington County for performance and South Greene High School for progress, according to a release from the DOE.“Tennessee continues to set the standard in education reform as we maintain our focus on high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said at an event held at Percy Priest Elementary in metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County, recognized for its overall academic achievement.The Reward Schools span 52 districts across the state and include 70 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. Tennessee has set out to become the fastest-improving educational system in the country by raising student performance each year.For the second year, the state has recognized Tennessee schools that have shown the most progress year-over-year alongside the schools with the highest achievement scores on statewide tests.This year’s list recognizes 70 schools for overall academic achievement, and 83 schools for annual value-added growth.The list also names 16 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.A complete list of Reward Schools is available at tn.gov/education/accountability/reward_2013.shtml; school-level achievement data are at tn.gov/education/tcap/index.shtml#School_Data; and 2012-13 TVAAS scores are at https://tvaas.sas.com/public.html?as=b.

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