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5 of Tennessee's Lowest Performing Schools Show Marked Progress

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The special school district formed to get Tennessee lowest school systems back on track says its students have shown significant signs of progress in just one year.

The goal of the Tennessee’s Achievement School District is to move the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state to the top 25 percent in five years. The system currently operates four schools in Memphis and one in Nashville.

ASD officials announced yesterday that its students made solid gains in math, science and social studies. Reading scores dropped, but officials say schools have taken steps to turn that around.

Elliot Smalley is the system’s Chief of Staff.

“I think we just had some really strong teachers who did a great job in the classroom and great school leaders. So I think that’s why you see a tripling of growth in science compared to the state.”

Smalley says that once schools in the special district reach acceptable levels of performance, the systems will be returned to the control of the local community.