The Achievement School District (ASD) is a statewide school district that was conceptualized four years ago to move schools performing at the bottom five percent (“Priority schools”) in Tennessee to the top 25 percent within five years. The ASD relies heavily on public charter school autonomies and operators as a reform tool. And the original schools that joined the ASD are showing great progress towards this audacious reform goal: 2014-15 test results show that schools in their second and third years in the ASD earned the state’s highest possible growth rating (averaging a Level 5) on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAS).
Other great news from the ASD 2014-15 test results include:
Source: Achievement School District
The results show that the longer students stay in the ASD, the greater they improve. ASD Superintendent Chris Barbic notes, “As we move forward, we will continue to monitor progress, hold our school operators accountable for results, and expand what works.” At the start of the 2015-16 school year, 29 ASD public schools in Memphis and Nashville will be serving over 10,000 students zoned to Priority schools.
Public charter school supporters have the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee next year for our National Charter School Conference. Please save the date—June 26-29, 2016.
Nora Kern is the Senior Manager for Research and Analysis at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.