Superintendent's Message -
LAUDERDALE COUNTY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED AS 1 OF 3 EXEMPLARY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEEE FOR 2013-2014 STUDENT PERFORMANCE
The Tennessee Department of Education's release of state assessment data reveals that overall Lauderdale County Schools outpaced the state in achievement percentage gains for the fourth year in a row. Lauderdale County Schools also achieved the highest possible value-added growth measure rating of a level 5 and was among the top districts in the state for meeting achievement and academic growth targets. These results have earned Lauderdale County Schools the status of "TN Exemplary School District" for 2014-2015.
Only 3 of 136 school districts in the state reached Exemplary status for their student performance in 2013-2014. This Exemplary status identifies Lauderdale County Schools as one of the fastest improving school districts in the State of Tennessee for ALL students. This progress is a direct result of the combined efforts of administrators, teachers, support staff, and students along with the support of parents and the community.
School districts are measured on their abilities to raise overall achievement and close gaps between groups of students. Districts reach Exemplary status for raising proficiency levels, narrowing achievement gaps and guaranteeing growth for all students.
Districts reach Exemplary status if they:
Meet a majority of their achievement goals,
Meet a majority of their goals to close achievement gaps, and
Ensure every subgroup-students with disabilities, racial minorities, English learners and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds-also moves forward in a majority of its target areas.
It is evident that when school districts meet these three requirements, they are raising proficiency levels, narrowing achievement gaps, and guaranteeing growth for all students.
While we are pleased with our progress over the past school year, Lauderdale County Schools clearly recognizes the need to focus on continuous improvement and growth in student learning. During the 2014-2015 school year, we will continue to work hard and look for even better ways to deliver instruction and respond appropriately as students need intervention on essential skills and standards.
Lauderdale County Schools will continue implementation of Professional Learning Communities to study, clarify, and commit to teaching the state approved curriculum standards. As noted in research, teachers are most effective in helping all students learn when they are clear on what their students must know and be able to do as a result of the course, grade level, or unit of instruction. With collaboration, motivation, the right attitude, and more hard work, I believe that Lauderdale County Schools can continue this progress for ALL students and again be recognized as a Tennessee Exemplary School District in 2015.
Shawn Kimble, Superintendent
Lauderdale County Schools