Supt. Johnson Says Hamilton County Students, Teachers Made Remarkable Progress On Latest State Evaluations

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Supt. Bryan Johnson said Wednesday that students and teachers in the Hamilton County Schools made remarkable progress in the latest state evaluation.

Standing in front of the Tennessee Aquarium, he said the Hamilton County Schools had reached the top Level 5 for student growth. He said the score was 1 for several years, then 2 in 2015/16, 1 again in 2016/17 and 3 last year.

He said Hamilton County Schools was at a 5 on literacy and numercy as well as social studies.

Students and school personnel unveiled each marker by unrolling a banner at the press conference.

Dr. Johnson said formerly 40 percent of county school teachers met or exceeded academic growth parameters. He said that is now up to 80 percent.

The county schools now have 45 Level 5 schools - up from 25 - as well as 32 Reward Schools.

He said, "There is no room in Hamilton County for average students, average teachers and average superintendent."

He added, "This is all evidence that we are the fastest improving school district in the state of Tennessee."

The state department reports TVAAS results for districts and schools using a range from Level 1 to Level 5. The 2019 results are the first time the district’s overall TVAAS composite, and each subject area achieved Level 5 - the highest level of academic growth.

 

The 21 schools that also earned Level 5 in all five categories are Allen Elementary, Alpine Crest Elementary, Apison Elementary, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper, Clifton Hills Elementary, DuPont Elementary, East Hamilton Middle/High School, East Brainerd Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, East Side Elementary, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Wolftever Creek Elementary, Ooltewah Elementary, Red Bank Elementary, Red Bank Middle, Red Bank High, Sale Creek Middle/High, Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Westview Elementary, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, and Chattanooga Preparatory School.

 

The 45 schools that earned Level 5 overall composite in 2019 are Harrison Bay Learning Community – Ooltewah Elementary, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, Lakeside Academy, Snow Hill Elementary, Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Wolftever Creek Elementary.  Missionary Ridge Learning Community -  Apison Elementary, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, East Brainerd Elementary, East Hamilton Middle/High, East Ridge Elementary, East Ridge Middle, East Ridge High, East Side Elementary, Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Tyner Middle Academy, Tyner Academy, Westview Elementary.  North River Learning Community -  Allen Elementary, Big Ridge Elementary, Daisy Elementary, DuPont Elementary, Hixson Elementary, Hixson Middle, Hixson High, Loftis Middle, McConnell Elementary, Middle Valley Elementary, Sale Creek Middle/High, Soddy Elementary.  Opportunity Zone Learning Community – Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, Clifton Hills Elementary, East Lake Elementary. Rock Point Learning Community -  Alpine Crest Elementary, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper,  Lookout Mountain Elementary, Red Bank Elementary, Red Bank Middle, Red Bank High, Rivermont Elementary, Thrasher Elementary. Charter Schools – Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence, Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence Middle, and Chattanooga Preparatory School

 

TVAAS measures student growth from one school year to the next. Value-added growth models determine how effective teachers and schools were in helping students gain at least a year’s worth of learning while taking into consideration the student’s academic history. Growth is a good indicator of school and teacher effectiveness because it measures how much a student has progressed during the year, it was stated.

 


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