After a demoralizing 21 schools were added to the 2017 Tennessee Department of Education Cusp list of worst performing schools in Tennessee during the 2016-2017 school year, things do not seem to be looking up in 2018, Tennessean reports.
For the new year, it appears that even more schools in the city will now be classified as in the lowest 5% in terms of performance. While no hard evidence of this is present in the form of, for example, a preliminary 2018 Priority school list, the classification for 2017 alone doesn’t seem good. It represented a major increase in the number of poor performing schools in the city from years prior (14 in 2014 and 15 in 2016), with the trend expecting to hold for the next school year going forward.
The Priority school list is a collection of schools issued every three years that catalogs the lowest performing schools in an area, with consequences for schools that aren’t performing well enough. While school officials in Nashville say they are working to help fix deficiencies in learning, but many are wondering if it’s too little, too late.
While the Priority list was initially meant to be issued at the end of 2017, new federal laws have moved the release date to fall 2018. To use the extra time wisely, Metro Nashville Public Schools have made some changes to education policy to hopefully improve performance in the 41 schools counted in the worst 10% of Tennessee education institutions, special focused placed on the bottom 21.
Among these changes is a new initiative to try and attract more and better teachers to the worst performing schools, intending to boost the caliber of learning that goes on there with more experienced educators. Whether this will help grades and test scores will have to be seen, with just a year’s time to turn things around.