Johnson City’s Level 5 schools honored during school board meeting

Principals from eight Johnson City schools were honored at a recent school board meeting after their respective schools earned Level 5 Distinction. From left, Johnson City School Board Chairman Tim Belisle, Cherokee principal Richard Hutson, Lake Ridge principal Renee Wood, Mountain View principal Dr. Melissa Stukes, South Side principal Kaytee Jones, Towne Acres principal Dr. Josh Simmons, Woodland principal Dr. Karen Reach, Liberty Bell principal Dr. Donna Morgan, Science Hill principal Todd Barnett and Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett.

Johnson City Schools recognized eight schools during their Aug. 26 Board of Education meeting for earning Level 5 Distinction from the Tennessee Department of Education for annual growth.

Those schools include Cherokee Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, South Side Elementary, Towne Acres Elementary, Woodland Elementary, Liberty Bell Middle School and Science Hill High School.

The District earned Level 5 overall composite score and also scored a Level 5 on numeracy composite, social studies composite and literacy and numeracy composite.

“We are proud of our entire district,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett said. “All of our teachers, students and faculty work very hard to grow and develop each year. We are proud of these eight schools for attaining their goals and I am confident that our entire district will continue to grow and improve.”

The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) is a statistical analysis of student assessment data used to measure the impact schools and teachers have on their students’ academic growth rate from year-to-year. Using a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 the highest possible score), TVAAS measures student growth, not whether the student is proficient on the state assessment. TVAAS helps educators identify best practices and implement programs that best meet the needs of their students, as well as make informed decisions about where to focus resources to ensure growth opportunities for all students.


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