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Hawkins has two Reward Schools, but three others are 'Targeted'

Jeff Bobo • Aug 16, 2019 at 1:16 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Schools had some things to celebrate in the 2018-19 TNReady test scores released this week, including two Reward Schools.

Director of Schools Matt Hixson noted, however, that there is also much need for improvement, including threes schools that were “Targeted” for insufficient growth among demographic subgroups, and multiple schools scoring an overall 1 or 2 on a scale of 1-5.

Hawkins County Schools earned an overall ranking of “Satisfactory,” and its two Reward Schools this year are Church Hill Elementary and St. Clair Elementary.

Reward Schools are identified annually by the Tennessee Department of Education for improving overall in student academic achievement and student growth for all student demographic subgroups.

Other high notes

Cherokee High School received an overall growth score of 5 for a school-wide composite as well as a 5 in school-wide numeracy; a 4 for school-wide CTE (Career Technical Education); a 4 in school-wide CTE concentrators; and 3s in social studies, school-wide literacy, and school-wide CTE literacy.

Church Hill Elementary, Keplar, McPheeters Bend and St. Clair all received a level 3 in school-wide growth composite.

McPheeters Bend received a 5 in school-wide literacy and Keplar and Mount Carmel Elementary received a 4 in school-wide literacy.

Surgoinsville Elementary and St. Clair received a 3 in school-wide literacy. Church Hill Elementary received a 5 in school-wide numeracy, and Keplar, St. Clair, Surgoinsville Elementary and Clinch received a 3 in school-wide numeracy.

Subjects in need of improvement

Hawkins County's three TSI (Targeted Support and Improvement) schools included Church Hill Intermediate, Hawkins Elementary and Rogersville Middle.

TSI schools are identified for failing to meet at least 5 percent overall academic progress in one or more of the demographic subgroups (White, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners or Economically Disadvantaged).

Several schools within the system reportedly scored an overall level 1 or 2 in their composite scores.

Plan for improvements

Hixson outlined the district’s plan of action to support schools in improving the progress of all students, including:

* Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment for each school to address student achievement

* Reviewing school improvement plans to assure those plans focus on student academic needs

* Meeting monthly with principals to review progress toward each school plan, relative to each school’s student groups

* Providing additional support through embedded staff development for designated schools

* Utilizing literacy coaches through the Niswonger Rural Schools Grant

Hixson added that he was extremely proud of the hard work of both students and teachers.

“While there are clearly areas in need of improvement, we will continue to celebrate our successes and commit ourselves to addressing areas of need,” Hixson said.

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