Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced 170 schools as the 2014-15 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
The Reward Schools span 59 districts across Tennessee and include 93 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.
“We are honored to recognize these Reward Schools for leading the state in progress and performance,” Haslam said at an event held at W. A. Wright Elementary in Wilson County, a school recognized for both its high overall achievement and strong growth. “Tennessee teachers and students are working harder than ever, and it’s paying off. Students are learning in new and challenging ways, and teachers are pouring their hearts into their work and helping students make incredible gains.”
This year’s list recognizes 76 schools for overall academic achievement and 85 schools for annual value-added growth. The list names nine 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.
Tracy City Elementary School was recognized as a Reward School for progress over the last school year. McQueen stated in a letter to Grundy County Director of School Willie Childers that TCES was “ranked in the top five percent of schools in the state in terms of growth among all Reward eligible schools.”
“We believe these districts are models for our work across the state. They all face different challenges and have different best practices to share,” McQueen said. “We look forward to learning from our Reward Schools throughout the school year.”