Public charter school Ivy Academy Chattanooga announces their results from the 2018-2019 state assessments. Last year was a year of physical growth for the school with the expansion of their campus to include two new high school buildings. Despite the traveling, shuttling, and the mid-year move that took time away from instruction, the concerted efforts of teachers and students prevailed to show some impressive results, said officials.
The school exceeded its double Annual Measurable Objective in the Tennessee Department of Education’s Ready Graduate Status by over 12 points. Only students with a score of 21 or higher on the ACT and/or attainment of a prescribed number of early post-secondary opportunities, such as dual enrollment or dual credit courses, industry certifications, or Advanced Placement courses, achieve Ready Graduate status.
With a graduation rate of 97.1 percent, Ivy Academy exceeded its double AMO for graduation rate by more than 10 points. This high graduation rate, and high percentage of students with Ready Graduate status, indicates that the diploma awarded is a legitimate representation of academics and skills acquired to take students to their next step in life, said officials.
The school also attained double AMO on improved attendance rate (state-labeled chronic absenteeism).
Ivy’s school-wide composite score for Academic Growth was a 4 out of a possible 5. Social Studies rated as a 5 school-wide. The school earned a 4 in the category of Algebra II, one of the school’s focus areas. School administrators credit an excellent staff and their outside-the-box methods for the results.
Outdoor lessons and physical movement are built into every school day. The past two years’ parent surveys indicate that 95 percent of parents say their student’s attitude about school has improved since attending Ivy. With improved attitude comes better attendance and better grades.
Ivy’s Executive Director Holly Slater said, “All the charter schools in Hamilton County fared well in state assessments. We know that a student is much more than a test score, but it is encouraging when the results confirm what we know to be true--that we serve students of great potential. It is a privilege and honor to serve the families in our communities by educating our next generation. Ivy Academy takes that task seriously and will continue to do so.”