By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

All three schools in Trousdale County have been named Reward Schools by the Tennessee Department of Education for 2019, marking the first time each school has been recognized in the same year.

Additionally, Trousdale County Schools has achieved the designation of Exemplary School District. According to the TDOE website, Exemplary districts are exceeding growth expectation on average for all students as well as each historically underserved student group.

Director of Schools Clint Satterfield

Trousdale County Schools received a value-added growth score of Level 5 (the highest level) in all three areas of Overall growth, Literacy and Numeracy. All three schools also met the district’s chronically absent (18 days or more) achievement goal of nine percent or less.

Trousdale County Schools were last named an Exemplary School District in 2012.

“This is only something that we dream of achieving,” said Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. “It is equivalent to an academic grand slam!”

Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Schools can earn Reward status by improving overall student academic achievement and student growth (year-to-year results) for all students and for student subgroups.

For Jim Satterfield Middle School, this marks the second straight year that the school has achieved Reward status after doing so in 2018.

“We have developed a culture of constant school improvement among our students and teachers that has attributed to much of our successes,” stated JSMS Principal J. Brim McCall in a press release.

Trousdale County High School is now a three-time Reward School, having been previously named so in 2012 and 2014. Trousdale County Elementary School last received the Reward designation in 2013.

“We focused a lot on attendance at the high school, and we have found it to have a more positive impact on student learning than we first predicted,” said TCHS Principal Teresa Dickerson in a press statement.

Trousdale County Elementary School Principal Demetrice Badru said that much of her school’s success is a result of high-quality curriculum, which the school has been implementing over the past three years, along with ongoing professional development to support teachers’ utilization of the curriculum.

“These accomplishments mean everything for our students, their families, and our community. Having more students learning at higher levels each year increases their opportunities of postsecondary success after graduation, which leads to higher-paying jobs and a more robust economy,” Satterfield added.

“This is definitely a team accomplishment; I can’t say thank you enough, starting with our Board of Education to our food service staffs. These accomplishments are a result of a lot of intentional hard work for a long period of time. I think all of these accolades coming at once certainly validates our work.”

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