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WC Schools ranked as 'Satisfactory'
Grant Swallows
Grant Swallows

Warren County Schools has been designated as “Satisfactory” by the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Being acceptable isn’t good enough, admits Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows.

“As I have said over the last few weeks, Warren County’s performance from last year’s test scores saw more students reach the meeting and exceeding expectations level than a year ago. While we are pleased with our progress, we are not satisfied with being designated 'satisfactory.' With that said, our team, teachers and students work hard every day to improve on what we are doing. Regardless of any designation, our job remains the same and that’s to give our students the best educational experience possible.” 

Districts designated as satisfactory received an overall score equal to or greater than 1.1 but less than 2.1. Of the seven surrounding counties, Warren was joined by DeKalb County Schools, Grundy County Schools and Cannon County Schools in that designation. 

White County Schools, Sequatchie County Schools and Coffee County Schools fared slightly better. They were deemed Advancing. Districts designated as advancing received an overall score equal to or greater than 2.1 but less than 3.1.

Van Buren County Schools received the highest designation: Exemplary. Districts designated as exemplary received an overall score equal to or greater than 3.1 Van Buren County.

Each year, schools are eligible for four types of designations based on their overall performance across indicators that are essential to student success, including how the school prepared students to be proficient (Achievement), accelerated student learning (Growth), encouraged students to attend school regularly (Chronically out of School), prepared students for postsecondary success (Graduation Rate and Ready Graduate), and supported English learners acquiring language skills.  

Schools are recognized as a Reward school when they demonstrate high levels of performance and/or improvement in performance by meeting their annual measurable objectives across performance indicators and student groups, and the Reward school distinction places significant emphasis on improvement from the prior school year. From the 2020-21 TCAP administration, a significant number of schools saw improvement and increased participation in this year’s assessments to qualify for the distinction. 

“Tennessee students, families, educators, and school communities have worked hard to overcome a variety of challenges stemming from the pandemic and I congratulate them on their efforts,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “Our teachers and school and district leaders focus on helping students improve every day and we will continue to focus on student achievement, as well as growth, so that all students are set on a path to success.”  

The complete list of district and school designations, including Reward schools and schools exiting Priority or Focus status, is posted on the department’s Accountability webpage. 

In addition to recognizing Reward schools, the department also named Priority schools and Focus schools. Priority schools, also federally designated as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, were the bottom five percent of the schools across state due to multiple years of low academic performance. Focus schools, which are federally designated as either Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI), are also identified based on school performance among student groups. Additional support and fundings will be provided to the identified Priority and Focus schools next school year for school improvement purposes.   

School districts also receive designations based on their performance and/or demonstration of improvement on the same set of school performance measures. These preliminary designations are available on the department’s accountability page and will be presented to the State Board of Education for approval at the October 28th quarterly meeting.