Five Wilson County schools are among the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and academic achievement.
Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman on Monday announced the list of 169 Reward Schools for 2012-13 in Tennessee, which included five schools in Wilson County.
Reward Schools include the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and academic achievement, and schools are either designated as “reward for progress,” meaning high student growth, or “reward for performance,” meaning overall student achievement.
Growth is determined by a one-year Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System school composite, and achievement is determined by a one-year success rate calculated by adding together the total number of proficient or advanced students in each subject and dividing by the total number of test takers for each subject.
There are 52 different districts across the state included for the Reward Schools honor, including 70 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.
“Tennessee continues to set the standard in education reform as we maintain our focus on high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said at an event held at Percy Priest Elementary, which was recognized for its overall academic achievement. “Our Reward Schools have proven that all students can learn and grow even though their starting lines may be different, a critical part of our effort to prepare our students for the jobs available in the marketplace now and in the future. We are incredibly grateful for the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.”
This year's Reward Schools list honors 70 schools for overall academic achievement and 83 schools for annual value-added growth. It also names 16 schools that earned both designations.
This year, Mt. Juliet High School, W.A. Wright Elementary and Wilson Central High School were among those honored for reward for progress.
Stoner Creek Elementary was honored for performance.
Lakeview Elementary was honored for both performance and progress.