School district receives awards
Report cards for students went home this week from Marshall County Schools, and the district has gotten some good news from the state regarding its performance as well.
The Tennessee Department of Education named the Marshall County School District as an Exemplary District for the 2016-17 school year.
Exemplary Districts exceed the state’s expectations for student learning, overall and among historically underserved groups, for the school year.
“We are very excited and proud to be labeled an Exemplary School District. Thanks to the students, teachers, and staff of Marshall County Schools for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Director of Schools Jacob Sorrells. “They are the ones that made this happen and their efforts should be applauded.”
The recognition places the county in the company of other widely-regarded systems in the state.
Other Exemplary Districts recognized for this year are Williamson County Schools and Germantown City Schools in Shelby County.
The last time Marshall County received this designation was the 2011-12 school year.
Two of Marshall County’s schools were recognized, individually, as Reward schools for student growth.
Forrest School and Westhills Elementary School both exceeded expectations for the academic growth of their students during the year.
“Mr. (Davy) McClaran and Mrs. (Rachel) Perryman are doing a great job of leading those buildings to improve student learning,” said Sorrells.
The top five percent of schools in the state for either student achievement or student growth merit this recognition.
Marshall County is one of two school districts in the 14-county, 16-school district South Central Tennessee region to be recognized as an Exemplary District by the state.
Only three other schools in the region were noted as Reward schools.
Results from the TNReady assessments this year were used to calculate student achievement.
Marshall County students continued strong math scores contributed to the overall success.
High school math scores ranked second in the region, five percent higher than state averages.
Math scores in sixth to eighth grades were the highest in the region, 12.9 points higher than the average.
These recognitions come on the heels of other recent positive news for the district.
John Bush, principal at Marshall County High School, was recently chosen as the Principal of the Year for Middle Tennessee, an area covering 41 counties and hundreds of schools.
Last year saw an increase in the average ACT score for the county as well.
Ninety-nine percent of last year’s seniors took the standardized, college level test, averaging a score of 20.1, putting the district closer to their goal of an average score of 21.
The composite score ranked second in the region.
“A lot of great things are happening in Marshall County Schools,“ said Sorrells, “and I am proud to be a part of this great team.”