Nashville has new reason to celebrate! The Tennessee Department of Education released its inaugural list of Reward Schools and 14 of the state’s top performing schools are right here in Davidson County:
“This is a great accomplishment for our schools,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register, “and we are so proud of them. The innovative teaching, the dedication, and the true sense of community that we are seeing throughout Metro Schools is exciting. We still have work to do, but we are on the right path.”
This first announcement of Reward Schools includes 166 schools across the state. Five percent of schools on the list were recognized for success rate in 3-8 math, 3-8 reading/language arts, 3-8 science, Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology I, and graduation rate. The other five percent of schools made the list based on high TVAAS scores (value-added).
Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman celebrated the Reward Schools with a live-streamed announcement earlier today. Schools across thestate were invited to join the stream and hear words of congratulations from the Governor, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Commissioner Huffman.
Tennessee unveiled its new accountability system in early 2012 under a U. S. Department of Education waiver from the No Child Left Behind guidelines. The new system emphasizes increases in student achievement among all student groups as well as closing any achievement gaps in student groups. Metro Schools earned intermediate status for the district as a whole, meeting seven of nine benchmarks and showing increases in student achievement.
Eighty students at Brick Church Middle School have been inducted into the second installment of Team Terminator, a group of students who are recognized for being proficient or advanced on school assessments! That brings the school's total number of Team Terminator members up to 219 for the school year!
The students work hard to make the necessary gains to become a member of this elite team of students. For their efforts, they are rewarded with a t-Shirt and get to participate in a special induction ceremony. They will also receive extra privileges throughout the school such as dances, movies, first in the lunch lines, and first dismissal. The goal is to keep the students striving to make those gains.
Dr. Julie McCargar, executive director of federal programs for MNPS, is being heard around the nation. She was asked to write a blog, which happened to be her very first!, about No Child Left Behind and its impact on schools, in Nashville and across the U.S. Her experience, expertise, and honesty about the controversial topic landed her blog in This Week in Education's "Top Five Blogs." Curious to see what she wrote? Check out Dr. McCargar's debut blog.
Want to learn more about the state's increased academic requirements? The Tennessee Department of Education launched a new website, ReadTennessee.org, aimed at helping teachers, parents, and community members understand new state curriculum standards.