A handful of Hamilton County schools are closing the gap in achievement, according to a release of the top-performing schools from the Tennessee Department of Education Thursday.
The 2014 list includes: Allen Elementary School
for Performance, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy for Progress, Middle College High School at Chattanooga for Performance, Lookout Mountain Elementary School for Performance, Snow Hill Elementary School for Progress and Thrasher Elementary School for Performance.
NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo spoke with CGLA's director Elaine Swafford about the strides the school is making. Expectations went up when the state named the school one of the lowest-performing schools in the state in 2012.
"One of the improvements comes when you track data and you know where every student is on every standard," said Swafford.
Every three years since 2012, the state department of education keeps schools accountable. Schools are named in three categories as Priority, Focus or Reward. Priority Schools are lowest performing, Focus schools have the largest achievement gaps and Reward schools are highest performing. With a tougher curriculum, CGLA went from Priority to the Reward category.
"We knew that if we didn't do something and do it quickly that the potential was closure of the school," said Swafford.
But there's still more work to do as more students come in.
"So, the next thing is to make sure that we're watching every thing we need to watch and improving where we need to and to try to continue to be that high performing school," said Swafford.
The designation is determined by a one-year school composite, and all three school-level accountability lists are preliminary, pending final approval by the State Board of Education on Aug. 26.
Find out where other state schools rank on the department's website at http://tn.gov/education/data/accountability/schools_2014.shtml.By Briona Arradondo