The Jefferson County School district ranked within the top 10% of Tennessee Department of Education’s spring assessments, according to a press release.
“We are excited to see everyone’s hard work pay off through these growth scores. Our commitment to have in-person learning as many days as possible last year has paid off. It is exciting to share this news with all stakeholders,” Shane Johnston, director of Jefferson County schools, said.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the Tennessee legislature passed a hold harmless bill which applied to Tennessee districts who achieved an 80% participation rate. Jefferson County Schools participation rate was near 100%.
The Tennessee Department of Education ran accountability measures to assist districts in understanding student progress during a difficult year. It is important to note that student achievement and growth, including TNReady scores and ACT, make up half of the overall measure.
In addition to student growth, Jefferson County Schools saw the overall accountability designation remain at the second highest designation: Advancing.
Of the 146 districts receiving data results, Jefferson County Schools attained a rank of 14th, according to the release.
This district ranking, based on the overall accountability composite scores, placed Jefferson County Schools in the top 10% of all Tennessee school districts.
“This is an amazing testament to the work done each day,” Johnston said. “We celebrate the work of our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members. This rank is the result of valuable partnerships.”
Johnston said the school district is still focused on continuing to elevate the education program each day.
“Our vision, captured through the Jefferson County Core 4 will ensure we are able to continue recovery efforts as we battle the impact on achievement considering the learning loss among our students,” he said.
Jefferson County schools also announced Dandridge Elementary School and Talbott Elementary Schools as TDOE designated Reward Schools.
The designation is the result of the schools’ overall performance level for state accountability.
Johnston also said there was positive news concerning Jefferson County schools and Jefferson Middle School.
Three years ago, JMS performance in two student groups resulted in Targeted Support and Improvement status for the school.
Johnston said the staff at Jefferson Middle School worked to increase overall student achievement results and Jefferson Middle School improved to the point it is no longer on any state list.
Currently, no Jefferson County school is on a state targeted list.
“This data is great reason to celebrate, but we all know there is much still to do,” Johnston said. “We are blessed with dedicated teachers that impact student lives each day. We are committed to continuing to help each student reach new heights of achievement and growth.”