School district celebrates successful test scores

The Cheatham County School District has much to celebrate.

Two schools – Kingston Springs Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School – have been designated as 2018-2019 Reward Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education.

To be designated as a Reward School, a school must earn a high accountability score and be improving in achievement, growth and attendance for all students and subgroups. It is the highest distinction a school can earn in Tennessee.

This marks the third consecutive year that KSES has been designated as a Reward School.

Two schools – Harpeth High School and Sycamore Middle School – have achieved the highest composite score (a Level 5) on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) during the 2018-2019 academic year. SMS went from a Level 1 to a Level 5.

Two schools – Cheatham Middle School and Sycamore High School – moved from an overall score of a D last year to a B this year.

Additionally, the district was designated as “Advancing” – a huge accomplishment as it was named “Satisfactory” in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The state evaluates districts on metrics such as assessment data, Ready Graduate data, ACT or SAT participation rate and absenteeism. Based on the metrics, districts fall into the following categories: Exemplary, Advancing, Satisfactory, Marginal and In Need of Improvement.

With the “Advancing” status, the district ranks 44th out of the state’s 145 districts and puts the district in the top third of the state.

"This is really exciting news for the Cheatham County School District. This is what we have been working toward as a district,” said Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck. “What we are doing every day in the classroom is paying off. Everyone who contributes to this success should be commended for their efforts. It takes all stakeholders working together, including administrators, faculty and staff, students and parents."

To watch the video of our announcement, click here.