Kingsport City Schools Announces Accountability Results; Reward Schools

Published on August 15, 2018 at 10:48 a.m.
Kingsport, Tenn. – Six Kingsport City Schools schools have been named among Tennessee’s best, announced as 2019 Reward Schools today by the Tennessee Department of Education.  Dobyns-Bennett High SchoolJefferson ElementaryJohnson ElementaryKennedy ElementaryRoosevelt Elementary, and Washington Elementary received the designation based on results from the 2018-19 TNReady results.  Additionally, Kingsport City Schools has achieved the top composite score of 5 in TVAAS system-wide literacynumeracy, literacy and numeracysocial studies, and the overall composite. Science was a state-level field test last spring; therefore, no results were shared or reported.
"We are excited and proud to share the news of our accountability scores and of so many KCS schools obtaining the prestigious Reward School designation," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.  "Incredible things are happening across Kingsport City Schools due to the collective efforts of our exceptional students and educators.  We are so proud of the unyielding commitment to excellence that has resulted in this honor for our six reward schools."

Reward status is the top designation a school can earn in Tennessee.  These schools were identified as improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for both all students and student sub-groups.  

Reward School status is a key designation under Tennessee’s school accountability system.  This was the second year Tennessee implemented its new school accountability system model, which was developed with educators and stakeholders across the state and examines multiple measures of success.

“We are incredibly proud of the students and educators at D-B, Jefferson, Johnson, Kennedy, Roosevelt, and Washington that have achieved Reward School designation this year.  They are shining examples of what can occur due to the collective efforts of an entire school community,” said Moorhouse.  

The naming of Reward Schools is part of the State’s release of accountability data for the 2018-19 school year.  Tennessee’s school accountability system was developed through a 16-month process of gathering feedback and input from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members.  Tennessee has had Reward and Priority Schools since 2012, but this was the second year with an updated methodology as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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