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Community Celebrates History-Making Announcement
The Knox County Schools made history on Aug. 3, 2015, when it was named an Exemplary District by the Tennessee Department of Education.  The Knox County Schools is the first large urban school district to ever earn this distinction from the state.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen, Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre and other special guests made the announcement during an exciting celebration held at Carter Middle School.  To earn the Exemplary distinction, the Knox County Schools significantly improved student performance and narrowed achievement gaps for students over the 2014-2015 school year.  Click here for more details.
In addition to announcing the Exemplary District distinction, Gov. Haslam, Dr. McQueen and Dr. McIntyre also named the 2014-2015 Reward Schools, which are schools that lead the state in progress and performance.  Six schools in the Knox County Schools earned the Reward School designation:
  • Carter High School (Progress)
  • Carter Middle School (Progress)
  • Copper Ridge Elementary School (Progress)
  • Gap Creek Elementary School (Performance)
  • Farragut High School (Performance)*
  • Sequoyah Elementary School (Performance)**
*Third consecutive year as a Reward School
**Fourth consecutive year as a Reward School
Reward Schools are the top 5 percent of schools for performance and the top 5 percent of schools for progress.  Schools are designated as Reward for performance for overall student achievement.  This designation is determined annually by a one-year success rate, which is 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.  Schools are designated as Reward for progress for having high student growth. This designation is determined by a one-year TVAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) school composite. 
Also participating in the August 3 celebration were Knox County Board of Education Chair Mike McMillan, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Carter Middle School Principal Tommy Watson, Former Carter Middle School Principal Chad Smith and Carter High School Principal Ryan Siebe.
More than 400 teachers, school staff members, community members, students and dignitaries attended the event in the new gymnasium at Carter Middle School.  Additionally, teachers and staff members of all Knox County Schools were able to celebrate together via live streaming to all 90 schools.  Members of the Carter High School marching band, directed by Matt McCurry, elevated the excitement with rousing music, and cheerleaders from Carter High and Middle schools added spirit to the festive atmosphere. 
Click here for information from the Tennessee Dept. of Education.
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