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Shelby County Schools Earns All A’s in Achievement on TN Report Card for the Fifth Straight Year!

* One of 10 Systems in TN with Straight A’s! * One of Only Seven Systems with Straight A’s Five Years in a Row! For the fifth consecutive year, Shelby County Schools (SCS) has earned straight A’s in Academic Achievement on the Tennessee Report Card. SCS is one of just 10 school systems among the 136 systems statewide to earn all A’s in Achievement in 2010, and only six other systems have earned all A’s in Achievement in each of the past five years.That the Tennessee Department of Education scored systems this year according to more stringent curriculum and assessment standards established in 2009 makes the accomplishment even more impressive. In fact, the Achievement scores for the entire state fell to three C’s and one B, and two systems that earned all A’s in Achievement a year ago were not able to repeat in 2010. Equally notable is the fact that SCS has more schools (51) and students (47,000-plus) than any of the other nine systemsthat earned straight A’s in Achievement this year. The other nine systems have an average of nine schools and 6,159 students. They also spend roughly $1,200 per student more than SCS.“Obviously, we’re thrilled with our Achievement scores; It’s a great credit to our entire system to be one of only 10 systems to earn straight A’s in Tennessee,” said Superintendent John Aitken. “Still, we recognize that some challenges remain with the addition of higher performance standards, and more work will be needed to get where we want, with particular regard to Value Added scores. Nevertheless, I am proud of what we have accomplished and excited about the direction we’re headed.”Value Added scores are expected to be lower statewide on the 2010 Report Card. The state’s collective Value Added score for all 136 systems fell to three D’s and one C in 2010. However, the Tennessee Department of Education has stated that lower scores do not reflect a loss of learning, but rather a change in the grading scale.Lee Harrell, Director of Government & Labor for the Tennessee School Boards Association, further commented: “With the new, more rigorous assessments and with the mark of proficiency moving from minimal to mastery, we are going to initially see lower results than in years past. However, our students are improving and performing, and as parents, educators and communities, we must be steadfast and supportive.”Anticipating elevated standards in Tennessee, SCS has been working diligently for the past several years to enhance the rigor of its instructional program, as well as to provide more intensive professional development for its teachers and staff. These efforts have certainly contributed to the system earning straight A’s in Achievement for the fifth year in a row. Moreover, this year’s outstanding Report Card results would not be possible without the exceptional teachers, administrators and staff, involved parents

and community partners, a dedicated School Board, and of course the hard-working students.

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