PRESS RELEASE: ASD SCHOOLS MAKE PROGRESS IN Y1

By Elliot Smalley

ASD EARNS LEVEL 5 GROWTH RATING, BOOSTS SCIENCE AND MATH, SEES DECLINE IN READING

NASHVILLE, TN (July 24, 2013) – The ASD’s goal is to move the bottom 5% of schools in the state to the top 25% in five years, and twelve months into operating schools, its students are showing signs of progress.  The district earned a “Level 5” growth rating and ASD students made solid gains in math, science, and social studies.  Reading scores dipped, and ASD schools are responding quickly to make improvements in year two.

“Twelve months into this five-year journey, we’ve made progress in math and science and we’ve created significantly better learning environments for students, teachers and parents,” said ASD superintendent Chris Barbic.  “Our kids are far behind in reading—we’ve got to get better, and we will.”

PROF RESULTS_ASD_2013 COMPARED

TCAP PROFICIENCY: TENNESSEE AND THE ASD. The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or “TCAP,” annually tests students in grades 3-8 in reading, math, social studies, and science.  School ratings—due in August—are drawn from reading, math, and science scores.

ASD students matched state proficiency growth in math, exceeded state growth in science, and fell short of the state in reading.   

“Now that we’ve got our first year under our belt, our priorities in year two are to maintain our Level 5 growth rating, build on our math and science growth, and make significant improvement in reading,” said Barbic.  “Our model puts the power in our schools’ hands to respond quickly, and they’ve already made adjustments to meet their reading challenges—not because of anything we told them to do, but because they know their kids best.  They’ve hired literacy experts, built schedules with extra time in reading and writing, and invested in proven reading interventions.”

ASD SCHOOLS BECOMING BETTER ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Parents, teachers and students gave ASD schools high marks in year one. 75% of ASD students described their schools as positive places to learn. In the ASD’s Achievement Schools in Frayser, expulsion rates were cut in half and over 90% of parents gave the schools an “A” or a “B” on the end of year survey.  In the state’s TELL survey for teachers, 75% of ASD teachers said they planned to return to the ASD—over 20 points higher than teachers across the state—and 92% said they were “recognized as educational experts” in their building compared with 74% of teachers in Tennessee.  “The ASD is all about great people given the freedom and resources to accomplish amazing things for students, and I couldn’t be more excited about—or thankful for—the teachers in our classrooms who are building the possible each and every day,” said Barbic.

WHAT’S NEXT: SCHOOL-LEVEL SCORES, RATINGS IN AUGUST. This week, districts across the state release their district-level TCAP scores.  In August, the state will release school-level ratings and performance and district ratings.

THE ASD.  The Achievement School District—a state-created school district formed as part of Tennessee’s winning Race to the Top application—is dedicated to proving the possible by moving the bottom 5% of schools in the state to the top 25% in five years.  The ASD is both an operator of schools—running six schools directly in Frayser in 2013-2014—and an authorizer of high quality charter schools.  15 of the 16 ASD schools are in Memphis.  For more information, visit www.achievementschooldistrict.org.

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