Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tennessee’s 2017 Reward schools last week, which include the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. The 169 schools span 60 districts across Tennessee.
“These schools represent what is possible for students in Tennessee as they exemplify excellence in performance or progress and in some cases, both,” Commissioner McQueen said. “We want to replicate this success across the state and continue to celebrate the hard work of our educators and students happening in classrooms every day.”
Of the 2017 Reward Schools, 59 are being recognized for performance, 85 are recognized for progress, and 25 schools are Reward Schools both for performance and progress.
Reward Schools: Reward schools include the top 10 percent of schools based on at least one of two pathways:
Reward Performance: Five percent of schools with the highest success rates in the state.
Reward Progress: Five percent of schools with the highest progress in the state (using one-year TVAAS index values).
Monteagle Elementary School received the status for being a Reward Progress School. Janet Layne, principal, stated, “This is a huge accomplishment and honor, we are all very excited about. The teachers and students have worked diligently to achieve this award, and it makes me proud as a leader for them to be publicly recognized for their efforts and commitment. The MES teachers and staff work tirelessly each day, making sure MES students receive the best education they possibly can so they will successfully transition to the next level of their academic journey and become productive citizens.”
MES received the highest level of TVAAS (Tennessee Value Added Assessment System) scoring fives across all subjects tested on the past spring’s 2017 TN Ready state achievement assessment. The scale ranges from 1-5 with 5 being the highest level to attain and which represents the most growth of students who participated in the spring 2017 assessment.