Hamilton County Has 6 Of State's Top Achieving Schools; Bradley Lists 1

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 168 schools as the 2013-14 Reward Schools, the top five percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth. Hamilton County has six Reward Schools and Bradley County has one.

Reward Schools in Hamilton County are Allen Elementary, Chattanooga Girls' Leadership Academy, Hamilton County Middle College High School, Lookout Mountain Elementary, Snow Hill Elementary and Thrasher Elementary.

Michigan Avenue School in Bradley County was included.

The Reward Schools span 49 districts across Tennessee and include 90 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. 

“Tennessee teachers and students continue to show their dedication to teaching and learning,” Governor Haslam said at an event held at Hazelwood Elementary in Clarksville, recognized for both its high overall achievement and strong growth. “Our Reward Schools are leading the state in progress and performance, and we are thrilled to recognize the extraordinary efforts of staff and students at these Tennessee schools.”

This year’s list recognizes 67 schools for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for annual value-added growth. The list also names 17 schools that earned both designations, rising to the top five percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement.

These 10 percent of schools receive recognition for their success, and the department interviewed the 2013 Reward Schools to compile best practices for schools across the state. “Learning From The Best: Promising Practices from Tennessee’s 2013 Reward Schools” identifies themes and promising practices in leadership, instruction, and school climate. You can view the report online at http://tn.gov/education/data/doc/learning_from_reward_schools.pdf

“We believe there are many lessons to be learned from these top performing schools. Every student deserves a school where they will be supported and challenged, and we are excited to share best practices that have proven successful,” Huffman said. “Because our accountability system recognizes growth and different starting points, we have enormous diversity in our Reward Schools.”

A complete list of 2014 Reward Schools is available here: http://www.tn.gov/education/data/accountability/schools_2014.shtml.

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), Tennessee’s first single-gender STEM public charter school, has earned removal from the state’s High Priority List and has also attained Reward School status for the second consecutive year, school officials noted.

“At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, CGLA was in danger of closure. After meeting
with (Hamilton County) Superintendent Rick Smith, the district gave us a chance and our
marching orders to improve our school achievement scores,” said CGLA Executive Director Dr.
Elaine Swafford. “In one year, the school went from the bottom five-percent in the state to the
top five-percent in the state and was named a Reward School for progress."

“In two years, CGLA not only came off the High Priority List from the bottom five-percent, we
were named a Reward School two years in a row,” said CGLA Co-Founder Dr. Sue Anne
Wells.

Dr. Wells "attributes the outstanding turnaround to the school’s leadership, teaching to high
standards, and the commitment of parents to their students."

Dr. Swafford said she agrees that "teaching a rigorous curriculum and holding high expectations were key reasons for the hard-earned change in achievement. Our parents should be proud of their girls, the students should be proud of their performance and the teachers should be proud of their accomplishments with our students.”

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy is a single-gender, small learning community for girls in
grades 6-12. The college preparation curriculum is centered on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). With an extended day and a year round calendar, CGLA offers girls an accelerated and integrated remediation approach that is intended to move them to proficient and advanced levels within core academic subjects. A range of social supports that reflects girls’ social development needs is integrated into the educational experience. 



No Injuries Reported In Apartment Fire Friday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire in North Chattanooga shortly before  10 a.m.  on Friday.   When firefighters arrived at 316 Chambliss Street, light smoke was showing from the quadplex. Battalion Chief Chris Warren said the fire appears to have started on the backside of one of the apartments. Chief Warren said a neighbor was ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Managed Hunting Is Necessary In Maintaining A Stable Deer Population - And Response

I enjoy seeing the whitetail deer that we have in so many areas here in East Tennessee, but here in Hamilton County we have been approaching the maximum habitat sustainability in some places including the Enterprise South area. I make this statement due to the fact that I have seen up to 20 deer driving around in Hixson in one evening during the summer. I believe that TWRA is doing ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There were tears on both sides of the court at MTSU’s Murphy Center Thursday afternoon. There were tears of relief and joy for the Baylor Lady Red Raiders while the tears for the Briarcrest Lady Saints represented heartbreak and disappointment. Such is the case when two really good volleyball teams meet for the second straight year for a D-II Class AA ... (click for more)

Lanters Are Latest Sister Acts Leading Lady Flames Teams

When one looks back on the success of the Lee University women’s soccer program over the past 16 years, it is easy to see what sisters have provided. Records show the surge began in 2001 and continues today with senior Summer and freshman Anna Lanter (former Soddy Daisy High School standouts) helping spark the Lady Flames to a current 8-4 overall mark and 7-2 in the rugged Gulf ... (click for more)