With the release of the 2018-19 TNReady test scores, Hawkins County Schools will be noted on the State ranking formula as “Satisfactory” as noted by the three State designations, Achievement, Subgroup Status and Final Determination.

Two Hawkins County Elementary Schools have earned status as Reward Schools, from TNReady testing.

Saint Clair Elementary and Church Hill Elementary were identified by the Tennessee Department of Education with the highest designation schools can earn. Reward schools are those schools that are improving overall in student academic achievement, and student growth for all student subgroups (White, Black, Hispanic, Native American, English Language Learners, Asian, Students with Disabilities and economically disadvantaged.

Cherokee High School also excelled, receiving an overall growth score of five for a school-wide composite. Cherokee also received a five in school wide numeracy, a four for schoolwide Career Technical Education, and a four in school-wide CTE concentrators.

Other high marks for Cherokee included a three in social studies, school wide literacy, and school-wide CTE literacy.

Church Hill Elementary, Keplar, McPheeters Bend, and Saint Clair all received a level three in school-wide growth composite. McPheeters Bend received a five in school-wide literacy and Keplar and Mount Carmel Elementary received a four in schoolwide literacy. Surgoinsville Elementary and Saint Clair received a three in schoolwide literacy. Church Hill Elementary received a five in schoolwide numeracy and Keplar, St. Clair, Surgoinsville Elementary and Clinch received a three in school wide numeracy.

Hawkins County had three schools, Church Hill Intermediate, Hawkins Elementary and Rogersville Middle, identified as Focus Schools with Targeted Support and Improvement.

TSI schools are identified annually due to specific subgroups falling below five percent in their overall progress. The three schools were identified because one or more of the following sub-groups (White, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, or Economically Disadvantaged) fell within that range.

The district has already begun an intensive plan of action to address the needs of the designated focus schools and those schools who scored an overall level one or two in their composite scores.

Hawkins County Director of Schools Matt Hixson outlined the district’s plan of action to support schools in improving the progress of all students. Those steps include:

• Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment for each school to address student achievement

• Reviewing school improvement plans to assure those plans focus on student academic needs

• Meeting monthly with principals to review progress toward each school plan, relative to each school’s student groups

• Providing additional support through embedded staff development for designated schools

• Utilizing literacy coaches through the Niswonger Rural Schools Grant

Hixson stated that he was extremely proud of the hard work of both students and teachers.

“While there are clearly areas in need of improvement, we will continue to celebrate our successes and commit ourselves to addressing areas of need,” Hixson said.