JMCSS Schools Recognized as Reward Schools by State of Tennessee

By: Ginger Carver, Marketing & PR Specialist, Jackson-Madison County School System on Aug 04, 2015

The Tennessee Department of Education announced this morning the newest recipients of Reward School recognition for 2014-2015 school year. The Jackson-Madison County School System is proud to acknowledge that two schools in the
district are recognized as Reward Schools for 2014-2015, South Side High School for the second year in a row and, Madison Academic Magnet High School, for the fourth year in a row.
Reward Schools are schools in the state of Tennessee that rank in the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth. This year’s list recognized 76 schools for overall academic achievement and 85 schools (South Side High School) for annual value-added growth. This list also names 9 schools (Madison Academic Magnet High School) that earned both designations.
“We are proud of the leadership at South Side and Madison, and the great teachers, staff, students and parents of these great schools for this significant accomplishment,” commented Dr. Verna Ruffin, Superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County School System.
Additionally, the district received a designation of Priority Improving for Lincoln Elementary which was designated as a Priority School in 2013-2014. Priority Schools demonstrating growth in academic achievement such that they are no longer in the lowest-performing 10 percent of schools (but remain in the lowest-performing 15 percent of schools) are labeled Priority Improving. Priority Improving Schools are still considered Priority Schools but may exit in a subsequent year if they continue to demonstrate growth. Dr. Ruffin stated that she is equally proud of the progress made by the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary and looks
forward to the opportunities in achievement for the current school year.

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