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.
From the moment our results were made public, we started hearing chatter about our top 25% goal. Is it feasible? Why was it set? It is still early—we take on new groups of schools each year and two-thirds of our schools are only in their first or second years of operation—but standing where we are today, I absolutely believe in our decision to aim for thetop 25%. Let me take you back to 2011, and tell you why.
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.
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).
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.
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.
We worked with parents and stakeholders to create the new school conversion process, one that is designed to elevate the voice of parents in helping operators shape a model that will best serve a school community.
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.
In case you missed it, Achievement School District Supt. Chris Barbic and Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson were featured panelists on Friday’s episode of Behind the Headlines on WKNO. The superintendents discussed the education landscape in Memphis, collaborating to create quality options for all students in Shelby County, and the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.
It’s the last day of school for most ASD campuses, and we’re highlighting some of our year-end promotional and graduation ceremonies. So before you kick off summer vacation, here are five reasons to salute the Class of 2015.