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Highlighting these schools and other ASD schools that are changing the odds for students was exhilarating in and of itself. This is why we exist—to partner in the dramatic improvement of Priority schools that have historically failed to give students a fair shot at succeeding. We lean in with higher expectations, accountability, student-centered decision-making, instruction and support services by educators and community partners who are living out families’ goals for their children – justice for every student in their schools and in their lives.

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ASD Provides Local Charter Applicant Development Opportunities

To help empower community members to turn around persistently low-performing schools, these sessions cover the basics of charter schooling and the nuances of the ASD’s neighborhood school focus in a portfolio district. Each session focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective operation of a turnaround school in the ASD and sessions will culminate in advance of the launch of the ASD’s 2017 Charter Request for Proposals, for schools opening in 2018 and beyond.

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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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Process Continues for 5 Conversion-Eligible Schools

Five conversion-eligible schools are moving forward to the next stage of the Achievement School District conversion process. Conversations with school communities at Sheffield and Caldwell-Guthrie elementary schools, Kirby and Raleigh-Egypt middle schools, and Hillcrest High School will continue through December when individual Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) will make recommendations about partnerships with ASD-authorized public school operators.

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ASD Authorizes Two Charter Operators

Following a rigorous review and recommendation from a team of external expert evaluators, the ASD is pleased to welcome two outstanding new nonprofit charter partners, KIPP Nashville and Knowledge Academies, both launching their first ASD schools in the 2017-2018 school year.

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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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A Letter from ASD Superintendent Chris Barbic

After four years as superintendent, Chris Barbic is leaving the Achievement School District at the end of December. Here in his own words, Chris shares the reasons behind his decision and offers a few lessons he’s learned during his time at the helm of this pioneering, impactful work.

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The ASD Mourns the Loss of AAC Member Mitchell Saddler Sr.

Mitch was a truly amazing man.  His dedication to his family, his community, and to all kids across Memphis demonstrate a compassion, selflessness, and relentlessness that will not be forgotten. His joyful spirit and legacy will live on with the individuals he’s touched and through the seeds he sowed as an advocate for quality schools for all children.

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Happy Independence Day from the ASD!


Independence Day: What’s not to like? Summer, barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks are just some of the many reasons why we love this summer holiday.

And as we celebrate with friends and family this holiday, Independence Day is also an opportunity to affirm those famous words written in our Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal.”


On behalf of the Achievement School District and our partner school operators all across our great state, we most certainly believe in the idea of equality. This is why we are working to ensure that every student in Tennessee has the opportunity to receive a great education.

We are the Achievement School District: creating more choice and greater opportunities for students, parents, teachers, schools and communities.

Happy 4th of July everyone! We hope that you have a fun filled holiday celebrating our independence with your loved ones.

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