2017 School Accountability

In accordance with Tennessee's accountability system, the Tennessee Department of Education names Reward, Priority, and Focus schools.

About the Designations

  • Reward Schools: Reward schools include the top 10 percent of schools based on at least one of two pathways:
  • Reward Performance: Five percent of schools with the highest success rates in the state.
  • Reward Progress: Five percent of schools with the highest progress in the state (using one-year TVAAS index values).

Priority Schools

Priority schools are the 5 percent of schools with the lowest success rates (using up to three years of data) in the state. The department will not identify new Priority schools in 2017, but 2014/2015 Priority schools may exit the Priority list or be designated Priority Improving based on their 2016-17 academic performance.

Focus Schools:

Focus schools are the 10 percent of schools identified through one of the three pathways listed below. The department will not identify new Focus schools in 2017, but 2014/2015 Focus schools may exit the Focus list or be designated Focus Improving based on their 2016-17 academic performance. Schools designated Priority cannot also be labeled Focus schools. The pathways for designating Focus schools are as follows:

  • Graduation Rate Pathway: High schools with an average graduation rate of less than 60 percent.
  • Subgroup Pathway: Any subgroup with a success rate of less than ten percent.
  • Gap Pathway: Schools with the largest gaps between selected groups.

Additional information about the 2017 school accountability designations and methodology can be found in the 2017 School Accountability Protocol.

View the Designations

Reward Schools are the top 5 percent of schools for performance and the top 5 percent of schools for progress. Schools can also be identified on both pathways.

Schools are designated as Reward—Performance for overall student achievement. This designation is determined annually by a one-year success rate.

Schools are designated as Reward—Progress for having high student growth. This designation is determined by a one-year TVAAS school composite.

A school cannot be designated as Reward if:

  • The school is identified as a Priority or Focus school.
  • The gap between any of the gap groups listed below is in the top 25 percent of all gaps for a given gap group.
    • Black/Hispanic/Native American vs. All Students
    • Economically Disadvantaged vs. Non-Economically Disadvantaged
    • English Learners vs. Non-English Learners
    • Students with Disabilities vs. Non-Students with Disabilities

The list was approved by the State Board of Education on Oct. 20, 2017.

Reward School Highlights

  • 169 total Reward schools in 60 districts
  • 59 Reward—Performance only
  • 85 Reward—Progress only
  • 25 Reward—Performance and Progress
District School Reward Status
Arlington City Arlington High Reward—Performance and Progress
Bartlett City Altruria Elementary Reward—Performance
Bledsoe County Pikeville Elementary Reward—Progress
Blount County Carpenters Middle School Reward—Progress
Blount County Fairview Elementary Reward—Progress
Blount County Friendsville Elementary Reward—Progress
Blount County Lanier Elementary Reward—Progress
Blount County Montvale Elementary Reward—Progress
Bristol City Haynesfield Elementary Reward—Performance
Bristol City Holston View Elementary Reward—Performance
Bristol City Tennessee Online Public School Reward—Performance
Bristol City Avoca Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Carter County Cloudland Elementary School Reward—Progress
Carter County Hampton Elementary Reward—Progress
Cheatham County Kingston Springs Elementary Reward—Performance
Cheatham County Cheatham Middle School Reward—Progress
Chester County Jacks Creek Elementary Reward—Performance
Chester County Chester County High School Reward—Progress
Clay County Clay County High School Reward—Progress
Clinton City North Clinton Elementary Reward—Progress
Cocke County Grassy Fork Elementary Reward—Performance
Coffee County Hillsboro Elementary Reward—Progress
Collierville City Bailey Station Elementary School Reward—Performance
Cumberland County Frank P. Brown Elementary Reward—Progress
Cumberland County Pine View Elementary Reward—Progress
Cumberland County South Cumberland Elementary Reward—Progress
Davidson County Glendale Elementary Reward—Performance
Davidson County Lockeland Elementary Reward—Performance
Davidson County Percy Priest Elementary Reward—Performance
Davidson County Purpose Prep Reward—Performance
Davidson County Rose Park Middle Reward—Progress
Davidson County New Vision Academy Reward—Progress
Davidson County Cameron College Preparatory Reward—Progress
Davidson County K I P P Nashville Collegiate High School Reward—Progress
Davidson County LEAD Prep Southeast Reward—Progress
Davidson County KIPP Nashville College Prep Reward—Progress
Davidson County Meigs Middle Reward—Performance and Progress
Davidson County Hume - Fogg High Reward—Performance and Progress
Davidson County Martin Luther King Jr School Reward—Performance and Progress
Davidson County East End Preparatory School Reward—Performance and Progress
Dickson County The Discovery School Reward—Performance
Dickson County Centennial Elementary Reward—Progress
Dyer County Fifth Consolidated School Reward—Performance
Dyer County Trimble Elementary Reward—Progress
Elizabethton City West Side Elementary Reward—Performance
Etowah City Etowah Elementary Reward—Progress
Fentress County Allardt Elementary Reward—Progress
Fentress County Pine Haven Elementary Reward—Progress
Franklin County Broadview Elementary Reward—Performance
Franklin County Sewanee Elementary Reward—Performance
Grainger County Bean Station Elementary Reward—Progress
Greene County Mosheim Elementary Reward—Progress
Greene County Ottway Elementary Reward—Progress
Greene County South Greene High School Reward—Progress
Grundy County Pelham Elementary Reward—Progress
Hamblen County Lincoln Heights Middle School Reward—Progress
Hamilton County Lookout Mountain Elementary Reward—Performance
Hamilton County Nolan Elementary Reward—Performance
Hamilton County STEM School Chattanooga Reward—Performance
Hamilton County East Ridge Middle School Reward—Progress
Hamilton County Thrasher Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Hawkins County Mt Carmel Elementary Reward—Performance
Humphreys County Lakeview Elementary Reward—Progress
Jackson-Madison County Madison Academic Magnet High School Reward—Performance and Progress
Jefferson County Dandridge Elementary Reward—Progress
Johnson City Fairmont Elementary Reward—Performance
Johnson City Towne Acres Elementary Reward—Performance
Knox County Blue Grass Elementary Reward—Performance
Knox County Gap Creek Elementary Reward—Performance
Knox County Sequoyah Elementary Reward—Performance
Knox County L N STEM Academy Reward—Performance
Knox County East Knox Elementary Reward—Progress
Knox County Pleasant Ridge Elementary Reward—Progress
Knox County Whittle Springs Middle School Reward—Progress
Lincoln County Lincoln County High School Reward—Progress
Loudon County Highland Park Elementary Reward—Performance
Marion County Monteagle Elementary Reward—Progress
Marshall County Forrest School Reward—Progress
Marshall County Westhills Elementary Reward—Progress
Maryville City John Sevier Elementary Reward—Performance
Maryville City Sam Houston Elementary Reward—Performance
Maryville City Foothills Elementary Reward—Performance
Maryville City Maryville High School Reward—Performance and Progress
Maryville City Coulter Grove Intermediate School Reward—Performance and Progress
McMinn County Englewood Elementary Reward—Progress
Monroe County Tellico Plains High School Reward—Progress
Montgomery County Hazelwood Elementary Reward—Performance
Montgomery County Middle College @ Austin Peay State University Reward—Performance
Montgomery County Barksdale Elementary Reward—Progress
Montgomery County Byrns Darden Elementary Reward—Progress
Montgomery County Glenellen Elementary Reward—Progress
Montgomery County Liberty Elementary Reward—Progress
Montgomery County New Providence Middle Reward—Progress
Montgomery County Northwest High Reward—Progress
Montgomery County East Montgomery Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Moore County Moore County High School Reward—Progress
Murfreesboro City Discovery School Reward—Performance
Murfreesboro City Scales Elementary School Reward—Performance
Obion County Hillcrest Elementary Reward—Progress
Polk County Copper Basin High School Reward—Progress
Putnam County Upperman Middle School Reward—Progress
Rhea County Rhea County High School Reward—Progress
Roane County Kingston Elementary Reward—Progress
Rutherford County Lascassas Elementary Reward—Performance
Rutherford County Homer Pittard Campus School Reward—Performance
Rutherford County McFadden School Of Excellence Reward—Performance
Rutherford County Blackman High School Reward—Progress
Rutherford County John Colemon Elementary Reward—Progress
Rutherford County Oakland High School Reward—Progress
Rutherford County Riverdale High School Reward—Progress
Rutherford County Central Magnet School Reward—Performance and Progress
Rutherford County Rockvale Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Scott County Robbins Elementary Reward—Progress
Sequatchie County Sequatchie Co High School Reward—Progress
Sevier County New Center Elementary Reward—Progress
Sevier County Seymour Middle School Reward—Progress
Shelby County Maxine Smith STEAM Academy Reward—Performance
Shelby County Germantown High Reward—Progress
Shelby County Egypt Elementary Reward—Progress
Shelby County Hamilton Elementary Reward—Progress
Shelby County Newberry Elementary Reward—Progress
Shelby County Oakhaven Middle Reward—Progress
Shelby County Whitehaven High Reward—Progress
Shelby County Westhaven Elementary Reward—Progress
Shelby County Memphis Academy Of Science  Engineering Middle/High Reward—Progress
Shelby County Freedom Preparatory Academy Reward—Progress
Shelby County Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School Reward—Progress
Shelby County Memphis Rise Academy Reward—Progress
Shelby County Middle College High Reward—Performance and Progress
Smith County Gordonsville Elementary School Reward—Performance
Smith County Smith County Middle School Reward—Progress
Sullivan County Innovation Academy Reward—Performance
Sullivan County Central Heights Elementary Reward—Progress
Sullivan County Colonial Heights Middle Reward—Progress
Sumner County Beech Elementary Reward—Performance
Sumner County Indian Lake Elementary Reward—Performance
Sumner County Merrol Hyde Magnet School Reward—Performance
Sumner County Oakmont Elementary Reward—Performance
Sumner County Harold B. Williams Elementary School Reward—Performance
Sumner County Gallatin Senior High School Reward—Progress
Sumner County Lakeside Park Elementary Reward—Progress
Sumner County North Sumner Elementary Reward—Progress
Sumner County Station Camp Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Sumner County Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek Reward—Performance and Progress
Warren County Dibrell Elementary Reward—Progress
Warren County Morrison Elementary Reward—Progress
Washington County West View School Reward—Progress
Washington County University School Reward—Performance and Progress
White County Doyle Elementary Reward—Progress
Williamson County Allendale Elementary School Reward—Performance
Williamson County Brentwood High School Reward—Performance
Williamson County College Grove Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Edmondson Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Fairview Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Fred J Page High School Reward—Performance
Williamson County Grassland Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Heritage Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Kenrose Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Renaissance High School Reward—Performance
Williamson County Pearre Creek Elementary School Reward—Performance
Williamson County Trinity Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Walnut Grove Elementary Reward—Performance
Williamson County Clovercroft Elementary School Reward—Performance and Progress
Williamson County Hunters Bend Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Williamson County Nolensville High School Reward—Performance and Progress
Williamson County Ravenwood High School Reward—Performance and Progress
Williamson County Scales Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Williamson County Sunset Middle School Reward—Performance and Progress
Wilson County Gladeville Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress
Wilson County Stoner Creek Elementary Reward—Performance and Progress

The next Priority school list will be named in 2018. While Priority school lists are designated about every three years, schools have the opportunity to earn their way off the Priority list every year. The schools below demonstrated significant progress in the 2016-17 school year, such that they exceeded the 15th percentile of one-year success rates when ranked against other eligible schools in the state. These schools have exited the Priority School list and are no longer considered Priority Schools. 

District School
Shelby County Mitchell High
Shelby County Treadwell Elementary
Shelby County Northwest Prep Academy
Achievement School District Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School

Priority Improving schools remain on the Priority list and receive recognition for making improvement. In 2017, schools that exceed the 10th percentile but do not exceed the 15th percentile will earn Priority Improving status.

District School
Davidson County Inglewood Elementary
Davidson County John B. Whitsitt Elementary
Shelby County Lucie E. Campbell Elementary
Shelby County Sherwood Middle
Shelby County A. Maceo Walker Middle
Shelby County Westwood High
Achievement School District Lester Prep

The schools below have demonstrated significant progress in the area or areas for which they were identified as Focus Schools and have earned their way off the Focus school list. These schools are no longer considered Focus Schools.

District School
Blount County Union Grove Middle School
Alcoa City Alcoa Middle School
Decatur County Parsons Elementary
Grainger County Rutledge Elementary School
Hamilton County Hixson Middle School
Hardeman County Middleton High School
Fayetteville City Fayetteville Middle School
Etowah City Etowah Elementary
Putnam County Algood Middle School
Putnam County Prescott South Middle School
Shelby County Colonial Middle
Smith County Smith County Middle School
Washington County Gray Elementary School
Washington County Jonesborough Middle School
Williamson County Fairview Middle School

Focus schools that do not meet the exit criteria are eligible to be named Focus Improving if their performance improves but does not reach the threshold required for Focus Exit status. Schools that are named Focus Improving remain on the Focus list and receive recognition for making improvement. The pathways to achieve Focus Improving status are through improving graduation rate, success rate, and subgroup gaps. More information on the methodology can be found in the 2017 School Accountability Protocol.

District School
Benton County Big Sandy School
Benton County Holladay Elementary
Cleveland City E.L. Ross Elementary
Huntingdon Special School District Huntingdon Primary
Elizabethton City T A Dugger Junior High School
Davidson County May Werthan Shayne Elementary School
Decatur County Decatur County Middle School
Dickson County Oakmont Elementary
Franklin County Franklin Co High School
Hamilton County Red Bank High School
Haywood County Haywood High School
Knox County Fountain City Elementary
Knox County West Hills Elementary
Athens City North City Elementary
Morgan County Petros Joyner Elementary
Obion County Ridgemont Elementary
Putnam County Jere Whitson Elementary
Putnam County Northeast Elementary
Putnam County Avery Trace Middle School
Roane County Rockwood Middle School