"Legacy" Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, before July's merger, both earned a Level 5 rating in the 2013 Tennessee Department of Education district level Accountability System.
This is the second year both districts scored on the statewide Accountability System, which replaced the former No Child Left Behind adequate yearly progress measures.
Results are based on data from the 2012-13 school year Both MCS and SCS earned a Level 5 rating for student growth, which is the highest score awarded by the state for growth. Additionally, achievement scores are up in most subject categories and grade levels for both districts, and the legacy MCS Innovation Zone (I-Zone) schools showed dramatic improvement in student proficiency scores.
"We have celebrated some tremendous gains in recent years in both legacy districts, and it is extremely satisfying to see the trend of growth and achievement continuing as we prepare for our first year as a unified district,"Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said.
"We have some work ahead, but the collective investments we have made in our schools with regard to teaching, leadership and intervention are clearly moving our students in the right direction," he added. "The support of our parents and stakeholders is so vital to our success, and earning the state's highest student growth ratings is something we hope everyone will be proud of."
Combined, proficiency levels increased for both legacy districts in all but one subject category (MCS Reading) last year. The districts also outpaced the state in six of the eight categories (MCS Reading and SCS Social Studies).
I-Zone Achievement: Proficiency scores for I-Zone schools, the district's analog to the state's Achievement School District, increased at a higher rate than the state in all four subjects, with major improvement in Math, Science and Social Studies.