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Achievement School District
By the numbers
2 days ago
Enrollment is up in Tennessee’s largest school district for second straight year
About 111,600 students are enrolled in Shelby County Schools, up about 2 percent from last year and higher than projected enrollment, according to district numbers.
3 days ago
Cold temps close Memphis state-run schools, highlighting bigger issue of repairing costly, aging buildings
Temperatures dipped below 35 degrees, and four schools in the Achievement School District opted to cancel classes because of boiler issues.
November 9, 2018
How do you turn around a district? Six months into her tenure, Sharon Griffin works to line up the basics.
Sharon Griffin said she’s been doubling down on improving the way the district functions – such as making sure the district is in compliance with federal and state grants, and that teachers have the certifications they need to teach certain courses. And that’s taken more time than expected.
October 26, 2018
As Memphis parents struggle to find information about schools, one parent group is calling for a simpler enrollment system
In unified enrollment, each family across the city would fill out a common application listing their top choices and submit them electronically by the same deadline.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
September 26, 2018
17 schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district remain priority schools 6 years after first takeovers
Four of the six original Memphis schools that were taken over by the state in 2012 are on the newest priority list released last week. And dozens of schools that were added to the district later also remain on the list.
September 21, 2018
Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list
The city got encouraging news on Friday as fewer of its schools landed on Tennessee's newest list of troubled "priority schools."
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
September 10, 2018
Rat invasion sends 800 Memphis students to three nearby schools
Ninth and 10th grade students will be split from juniors and seniors. Some special education students will go to another high school.
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
DIGGING INTO SCORES
August 22, 2018
It’s been six years since Tennessee took over its first low-performing schools. How are they doing?
Of the six schools in the original state-run Achievement School District, four had fewer than 10 percent of students tested at grade level in math or English during the 2017-2018 academic year.
August 20, 2018
Memphis schools in most need of growth see gains, but vast majority of students still not on grade level
Only three schools in the iZone have more than 20 percent of students reading on grade level.
August 16, 2018
How did your school perform on TNReady tests? Search here for results
Nearly 700 schools – more than 40 percent of schools in Tennessee – improved in student performance across most grades and subjects, according…
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