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Four New Schools to Join the ASD in 2016-2017

Today, following an extensive four-month community input process, the Achievement School District (ASD) announced its 2016-17 school matches. The list includes Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, Hillcrest High, and Kirby and Raleigh-Egypt middle schools.

Charter operators Scholar Academies and Green Dot Public Schools have been matched with the new ASD schools next year. Both operators are currently partnered with existing neighborhood Priority schools (in the bottom 5%) in Memphis.

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A Letter from Malika Anderson, Newly Named ASD Superintendent

Today, Gov. Bill Haslam and state Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced Malika Anderson as the new superintendent of the Achievement School District. In a letter to parents, students, teachers, and community members across the state, Anderson writes about her ‘excitement and optimism’ and why she is ready to meet the challenge of her new role.

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ASD Kicks Off New Community Input Process for 6 Memphis Priority Schools Eligible to Join District in 2016

Today the Achievement School District announced a list of six Memphis area Priority Schools eligible to join the ASD next school year. These six school communities will participate in the ASD’s new community input process to determine whether they will join the district in 2016.

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Breakout Year for Achievement Schools in Frayser

Families, teachers and school staff from the five Achievement Schools in Frayser had lots of reasons to celebrate Wednesday. Our Frayser-based neighborhood schools network shared TCAP and Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data from the 2014-15 school year with the community during the ‘Building the Possible’ rally at Whitney Achievement Elementary School.

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ASD Students Outpace State in Math and Science

Students in the recently launched Achievement School District (ASD)—a statewide school district created to move Tennessee’s bottom 5% schools to the top 25%—showed faster learning gains than their peers across the state in math and science. As a group, ASD schools in their second and third years—the first two “cohorts” of schools to join the ASD—earned the state’s highest possible growth rating, averaging a Level 5 on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS).

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Working to Authorize the Very Best Charters

Every student deserves a great education, and here at the ASD we know that there is not a moment to waste in our efforts to move the bottom 5% of schools to the top 25%. While we feel an incredible sense of urgency, we know that we must also be intentional in our work to provide excellent school options to every student. Balancing these two, sometimes competing, demands can be challenging. For that reason, we must move both quickly and carefully, ensuring that our attention to speed does not mean a sacrifice in quality.

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And We’re Off! The RFP Process Kicks Into High Gear

Three weeks ago we launched three charter Requests for Proposals for schools opening in 2015 and beyond. In the time since, we have been contacted by numerous individuals and groups interested in joining us in meeting the needs of students across Tennessee. We are excited about the energy and enthusiasm going into this year’s authorization process and look forward to receiving excellent proposals in the months to come.

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2015 Charter School RFP Process Launches Today!

Today we are excited to release three charter Requests for Proposals! With this year’s process comes a focus on specific needs not addressed by our current turnaround options. The RFPs will narrow the focus of the 2015 authorization process to alternative programs, innovative models, and specific grade-divisions needed in the neighborhoods we serve across Tennessee. Applicants who choose to move forward in this process must meet our high quality bar and also meet one of these three needs, and in exchange will be provided the opportunity to lead the way and create powerful “proof points” for what is possible for all students in Tennessee.

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New Year, New Authorization Process

As we launch into the New Year we look forward to welcoming new charter partners that will help us realize our mission of bringing schools from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in the state in five years. The process for finding these partners—the Achievement School District (ASD) authorization process—will officially launch on February 3rd. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come.

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Experts Wanted: Charter Evaluator All Call

Last month we announced three exciting changes to the Achievement School District (ASD) charter authorization process for the 2015-16 school year. The first two, a more narrow focus and an extended window for operators to submit their proposal, are to ensure that we receive high-quality applications that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the students and communities we serve.

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