ASD students show progress after first year

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:07pm

The state's Achievement School District says its students have shown signs of progress a year after it started operating some of the state's lowest performing schools.

The goal of the district is to move the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state to the top 25 percent in five years. The majority of ASD campuses are in Memphis.

ASD officials announced Wednesday that the district earned a "level 5" growth rating and that its students made solid gains in math, science and social studies.

Reading scores dropped, but officials say schools have taken steps to turn that around with changes that include hiring literacy experts and building schedules with extra time in reading and writing.

The district is part of the state's national Race to the Top education initiatives.

2 Comments on this post:

By: on 7/25/13 at 7:39

Any efforts to improve performance of students in school is admirable.

When the bottom 5% is moved to the top, who will be at the bottom then? There is just some logic missing in how it is explained. Only 25% can be in the "top 25%" at any given time, and there will always be a bottom 5%.

By: courier37027 on 7/28/13 at 9:43

To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, "Where all the children are above average,", of course you are statistically correct with your statement above.

However if anyone dare refer to former VP Jack Kemp's assertion that, "...a rising tide lifts all boats,' I would think the lefties on this board would protest: Why, oh why, are we forcing our children to compete. Won't anyone think of the children?