State Senators Congratulate Local Schools

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State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) today congratulated David Youree Elementary, Homer Pittard Campus School, John Colemon Elementary, Thurman-Francis Elementary, Lascassas Elementary and McFadden School of Excellence for being named by the Tennessee Department of Education as “Reward Schools.”  The status is based on the percentage of students that have proficient or advanced performance and the top five percent of schools based on student achievement growth progress.
Only 40 Tennessee schools received the designation. 
“We are very proud of these students, teachers, parents and school administrators,” said Senator Ketron.  “It is a major accomplishment and we congratulate them on achieving this status as a Reward School.”
The Reward School status was put into place under a new Tennessee law that was passed in conjunction with the state’s waiver from certain provisions of the “No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.” Under the new law, Reward Schools will serve as strategic partners with the Department of Education to raise student achievement levels throughout the state by analyzing and sharing their best teaching practices. 
Senator Tracy concluded, “We know that we will continue to see Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools added to this list next year and appreciate all of the efforts made by our teachers and students county-wide to improve opportunities for education success.”
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