Local Elementary Schools Recognized as Tops in Tennessee

Arlington and Lakeland Elementaries Named to List of Reward Schools

Photo by Jerry Borwick Photography

Photo by Jerry Borwick Photography

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 169 schools as the 2012-13 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement.

The Reward Schools span 52 districts across the state. “Tennessee continues to set the standard in education reform as we maintain our focus on high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said.  “Our Reward Schools have proven that all students can learn and grow even though their starting lines may be different, a critical part of our effort to prepare our students for the jobs available in the marketplace now and in the future. We are incredibly grateful for the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.”
 
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, including Arlington Elementary School and Lakeland Elementary School, recognizes 70 schools ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement.

Gina Gore, Arlington Elementary principal said, “Our students, teachers, staff, parents, and community have worked so hard to achieve this honor.  It is our goal to continue to show successful gains in achievement and progress.”

The 2012-13 Reward Schools made these impressive accomplishments during a year when Tennessee saw consistent gains on the statewide Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. As schools across the state made improvements and reached higher levels of proficiency, the 169 Reward Schools led the way.
 
Because Tennessee’s accountability system rewards growth and recognizes schools’ varying baselines, every school in the state can strive for the Reward Schools designation.
 
“We believe that all students deserve strong schools where they can grow to high levels of achievement,” Huffman said. “At the beginning of each year, every school in this state should know that they have a shot at becoming a Reward School.”

Information for this article was provided by Arlington Elementary School.

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