2017 School Accountability
In accordance with Tennessee’s accountability system, designed through the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind, the Tennessee Department of Education names Reward, Priority and Focus schools.
About the Designations
Reward Schools: Reward schools include the top 10 percent of schools based on at least one of two pathways:
In accordance with Tennessee's accountability system, the Tennessee Department of Education names Reward, Priority, and Focus schools.
About the Designations
Reward Schools: Reward schools include the top 10 percent of schools based on at least one of two pathways:
- Reward Performance: Five percent of schools with the highest success rates in the state.
- Reward Progress: Five percent of schools with the highest progress in the state (using one-year TVAAS index values).
Priority Schools: Priority schools are the 5 percent of schools with the lowest success rates (using up to three years of data) in the state. The department will not identify new Priority schools in 2017, but 2014/2015 Priority schools may exit the Priority list or be designated Priority Improving based on their 2016-17 academic performance.
Focus Schools: Focus schools are the 10 percent of schools identified through one of the three pathways listed below. The department will not identify new Focus schools in 2017, but 2014/2015 Focus schools may exit the Focus list or be designated Focus Improving based on their 2016-17 academic performance. Schools designated Priority cannot also be labeled Focus schools. The pathways for designating Focus schools are as follows:
- Graduation Rate Pathway: High schools with an average graduation rate of less than 60 percent.
- Subgroup Pathway: Any subgroup with a success rate of less than ten percent.
- Gap Pathway: Schools with the largest gaps between selected groups.
Additional information about the 2017 school accountability designations and methodology can be found in the 2017 School Accountability Protocol.
View the Designations
- 2017 Reward Schools
Reward Schools are the top 5 percent of schools for performance and the top 5 percent of schools for progress. Schools can also be identified on both pathways.
Schools are designated as Reward—Performance for overall student achievement. This designation is determined annually by a one-year success rate.
Schools are designated as Reward—Progress for having high student growth. This designation is determined by a one-year TVAAS school composite.
A school cannot be designated as Reward if:
- The school is identified as a Priority or Focus school.
- The gap between any of the gap groups listed below is in the top 25 percent of all gaps for a given gap group.
- Black/Hispanic/Native American vs. All Students
- Economically Disadvantaged vs. Non-Economically Disadvantaged
- English Learners vs. Non-English Learners
- Students with Disabilities vs. Non-Students with Disabilities
The list was approved by the State Board of Education on Oct. 20, 2017.
Reward School Highlights
- 169 total Reward schools in 60 districts
- 59 Reward—Performance only
- 85 Reward—Progress only
- 25 Reward—Performance and Progress
District School Reward Status Arlington City Arlington High Reward—Performance and Progress Bartlett City Altruria Elementary Reward—Performance Bledsoe County Pikeville Elementary Reward—Progress Blount County Carpenters Middle School Reward—Progress Blount County Fairview Elementary Reward—Progress Blount County Friendsville Elementary Reward—Progress Blount County Lanier Elementary Reward—Progress Blount County Montvale Elementary Reward—Progress Bristol City Haynesfield Elementary Reward—Performance Bristol City Holston View Elementary Reward—Performance Bristol City Tennessee Online Public School Reward—Performance Bristol City Avoca Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Carter County Cloudland Elementary School Reward—Progress Carter County Hampton Elementary Reward—Progress Cheatham County Kingston Springs Elementary Reward—Performance Cheatham County Cheatham Middle School Reward—Progress Chester County Jacks Creek Elementary Reward—Performance Chester County Chester County High School Reward—Progress Clay County Clay County High School Reward—Progress Clinton City North Clinton Elementary Reward—Progress Cocke County Grassy Fork Elementary Reward—Performance Coffee County Hillsboro Elementary Reward—Progress Collierville City Bailey Station Elementary School Reward—Performance Cumberland County Frank P. Brown Elementary Reward—Progress Cumberland County Pine View Elementary Reward—Progress Cumberland County South Cumberland Elementary Reward—Progress Davidson County Glendale Elementary Reward—Performance Davidson County Lockeland Elementary Reward—Performance Davidson County Percy Priest Elementary Reward—Performance Davidson County Purpose Prep Reward—Performance Davidson County Rose Park Middle Reward—Progress Davidson County New Vision Academy Reward—Progress Davidson County Cameron College Preparatory Reward—Progress Davidson County K I P P Nashville Collegiate High School Reward—Progress Davidson County LEAD Prep Southeast Reward—Progress Davidson County KIPP Nashville College Prep Reward—Progress Davidson County Meigs Middle Reward—Performance and Progress Davidson County Hume - Fogg High Reward—Performance and Progress Davidson County Martin Luther King Jr School Reward—Performance and Progress Davidson County East End Preparatory School Reward—Performance and Progress Dickson County The Discovery School Reward—Performance Dickson County Centennial Elementary Reward—Progress Dyer County Fifth Consolidated School Reward—Performance Dyer County Trimble Elementary Reward—Progress Elizabethton City West Side Elementary Reward—Performance Etowah City Etowah Elementary Reward—Progress Fentress County Allardt Elementary Reward—Progress Fentress County Pine Haven Elementary Reward—Progress Franklin County Broadview Elementary Reward—Performance Franklin County Sewanee Elementary Reward—Performance Grainger County Bean Station Elementary Reward—Progress Greene County Mosheim Elementary Reward—Progress Greene County Ottway Elementary Reward—Progress Greene County South Greene High School Reward—Progress Grundy County Pelham Elementary Reward—Progress Hamblen County Lincoln Heights Middle School Reward—Progress Hamilton County Lookout Mountain Elementary Reward—Performance Hamilton County Nolan Elementary Reward—Performance Hamilton County STEM School Chattanooga Reward—Performance Hamilton County East Ridge Middle School Reward—Progress Hamilton County Thrasher Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Hawkins County Mt Carmel Elementary Reward—Performance Humphreys County Lakeview Elementary Reward—Progress Jackson-Madison County Madison Academic Magnet High School Reward—Performance and Progress Jefferson County Dandridge Elementary Reward—Progress Johnson City Fairmont Elementary Reward—Performance Johnson City Towne Acres Elementary Reward—Performance Knox County Blue Grass Elementary Reward—Performance Knox County Gap Creek Elementary Reward—Performance Knox County Sequoyah Elementary Reward—Performance Knox County L N STEM Academy Reward—Performance Knox County East Knox Elementary Reward—Progress Knox County Pleasant Ridge Elementary Reward—Progress Knox County Whittle Springs Middle School Reward—Progress Lincoln County Lincoln County High School Reward—Progress Loudon County Highland Park Elementary Reward—Performance Marion County Monteagle Elementary Reward—Progress Marshall County Forrest School Reward—Progress Marshall County Westhills Elementary Reward—Progress Maryville City John Sevier Elementary Reward—Performance Maryville City Sam Houston Elementary Reward—Performance Maryville City Foothills Elementary Reward—Performance Maryville City Maryville High School Reward—Performance and Progress Maryville City Coulter Grove Intermediate School Reward—Performance and Progress McMinn County Englewood Elementary Reward—Progress Monroe County Tellico Plains High School Reward—Progress Montgomery County Hazelwood Elementary Reward—Performance Montgomery County Middle College @ Austin Peay State University Reward—Performance Montgomery County Barksdale Elementary Reward—Progress Montgomery County Byrns Darden Elementary Reward—Progress Montgomery County Glenellen Elementary Reward—Progress Montgomery County Liberty Elementary Reward—Progress Montgomery County New Providence Middle Reward—Progress Montgomery County Northwest High Reward—Progress Montgomery County East Montgomery Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Moore County Moore County High School Reward—Progress Murfreesboro City Discovery School Reward—Performance Murfreesboro City Scales Elementary School Reward—Performance Obion County Hillcrest Elementary Reward—Progress Polk County Copper Basin High School Reward—Progress Putnam County Upperman Middle School Reward—Progress Rhea County Rhea County High School Reward—Progress Roane County Kingston Elementary Reward—Progress Rutherford County Lascassas Elementary Reward—Performance Rutherford County Homer Pittard Campus School Reward—Performance Rutherford County McFadden School Of Excellence Reward—Performance Rutherford County Blackman High School Reward—Progress Rutherford County John Colemon Elementary Reward—Progress Rutherford County Oakland High School Reward—Progress Rutherford County Riverdale High School Reward—Progress Rutherford County Central Magnet School Reward—Performance and Progress Rutherford County Rockvale Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Scott County Robbins Elementary Reward—Progress Sequatchie County Sequatchie Co High School Reward—Progress Sevier County New Center Elementary Reward—Progress Sevier County Seymour Middle School Reward—Progress Shelby County Maxine Smith STEAM Academy Reward—Performance Shelby County Germantown High Reward—Progress Shelby County Egypt Elementary Reward—Progress Shelby County Hamilton Elementary Reward—Progress Shelby County Newberry Elementary Reward—Progress Shelby County Oakhaven Middle Reward—Progress Shelby County Whitehaven High Reward—Progress Shelby County Westhaven Elementary Reward—Progress Shelby County Memphis Academy Of Science Engineering Middle/High Reward—Progress Shelby County Freedom Preparatory Academy Reward—Progress Shelby County Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School Reward—Progress Shelby County Memphis Rise Academy Reward—Progress Shelby County Middle College High Reward—Performance and Progress Smith County Gordonsville Elementary School Reward—Performance Smith County Smith County Middle School Reward—Progress Sullivan County Innovation Academy Reward—Performance Sullivan County Central Heights Elementary Reward—Progress Sullivan County Colonial Heights Middle Reward—Progress Sumner County Beech Elementary Reward—Performance Sumner County Indian Lake Elementary Reward—Performance Sumner County Merrol Hyde Magnet School Reward—Performance Sumner County Oakmont Elementary Reward—Performance Sumner County Harold B. Williams Elementary School Reward—Performance Sumner County Gallatin Senior High School Reward—Progress Sumner County Lakeside Park Elementary Reward—Progress Sumner County North Sumner Elementary Reward—Progress Sumner County Station Camp Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Sumner County Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek Reward—Performance and Progress Warren County Morrison Elementary Reward—Progress Washington County West View School Reward—Progress Washington County University School Reward—Performance and Progress White County Doyle Elementary Reward—Progress Williamson County Allendale Elementary School Reward—Performance Williamson County Brentwood High School Reward—Performance Williamson County College Grove Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Edmondson Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Fairview Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Fred J Page High School Reward—Performance Williamson County Grassland Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Heritage Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Kenrose Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Renaissance High School Reward—Performance Williamson County Pearre Creek Elementary School Reward—Performance Williamson County Trinity Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Walnut Grove Elementary Reward—Performance Williamson County Clovercroft Elementary School Reward—Performance and Progress Williamson County Hunters Bend Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Williamson County Nolensville High School Reward—Performance and Progress Williamson County Ravenwood High School Reward—Performance and Progress Williamson County Scales Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Williamson County Sunset Middle School Reward—Performance and Progress Wilson County Gladeville Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress Wilson County Stoner Creek Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
- Priority Exit
The next Priority school list will be named in 2018. While Priority school lists are designated about every three years, schools have the opportunity to earn their way off the Priority list every year. The schools below demonstrated significant progress in the 2016-17 school year, such that they exceeded the 15th percentile of one-year success rates when ranked against other eligible schools in the state. These schools have exited the Priority School list and are no longer considered Priority Schools.
District School Shelby County Mitchell High Shelby County Treadwell Elementary Shelby County Northwest Prep Academy Achievement School District Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School
- Priority Improving
Priority Improving schools remain on the Priority list and receive recognition for making improvement. In 2017, schools that exceed the 10th percentile but do not exceed the 15th percentile will earn Priority Improving status.
District School Davidson County Inglewood Elementary Davidson County John B. Whitsitt Elementary Shelby County Lucie E. Campbell Elementary Shelby County Sherwood Middle Shelby County A. Maceo Walker Middle Shelby County Westwood High Achievement School District Lester Prep
- Focus Exit
The schools below have demonstrated significant progress in the area or areas for which they were identified as Focus Schools and have earned their way off the Focus school list. These schools are no longer considered Focus Schools.
District School Blount County Union Grove Middle School Alcoa City Alcoa Middle School Decatur County Parsons Elementary Grainger County Rutledge Elementary School Hamilton County Hixson Middle School Hardeman County Middleton High School Fayetteville City Fayetteville Middle School Etowah City Etowah Elementary Putnam County Algood Middle School Putnam County Prescott South Middle School Shelby County Colonial Middle Smith County Smith County Middle School Washington County Gray Elementary School Washington County Jonesborough Middle School Williamson County Fairview Middle School
- Focus Improving
Focus schools that do not meet the exit criteria are eligible to be named Focus Improving if their performance improves but does not reach the threshold required for Focus Exit status. Schools that are named Focus Improving remain on the Focus list and receive recognition for making improvement. The pathways to achieve Focus Improving status are through improving graduation rate, success rate, and subgroup gaps. More information on the methodology can be found in the 2017 School Accountability Protocol.
District School Benton County Big Sandy School Benton County Holladay Elementary Cleveland City E.L. Ross Elementary Huntingdon Special School District Huntingdon Primary Elizabethton City T A Dugger Junior High School Davidson County May Werthan Shayne Elementary School Decatur County Decatur County Middle School Dickson County Oakmont Elementary Franklin County Franklin Co High School Hamilton County Red Bank High School Haywood County Haywood High School Knox County Fountain City Elementary Knox County West Hills Elementary Athens City North City Elementary Morgan County Petros Joyner Elementary Obion County Ridgemont Elementary Putnam County Jere Whitson Elementary Putnam County Northeast Elementary Putnam County Avery Trace Middle School Roane County Rockwood Middle School