While all FSSD schools did extremely well on state testing in achievement, five schools met all of the measures the state uses to assign the designation of Reward School. Congratulations to Freedom Intermediate, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle!
Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee and includes the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. This year, 318 schools in 85 school districts, about 20 percent of schools in the state, earned Reward status. Reward Schools are generally those that are improving in terms of achievement and growth for both all students and student groups.
According the state website, the new accountability framework is based on principles that all schools can be successful and all Tennessee students must be served well. It includes a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism and discipline, ACT performance, and TNReady scores, to make a determination. All schools are rated both on how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and black, Hispanic, and Native American students.
In addition to the five Reward Schools, FSSD was also named an Exemplary District by the State. It is one of only 14 across Tennessee to receive this designation.