Fort Loudoun Middle School was one of 169 educational
facilities in August designated by the state as a "Reward School" for last year's scholastic
Individual schools are given awards based on ability to meet certain
requirements by Tennessee's accountability system through Adequate Yearly Progress.
2012, state officials received a waiver from portions of the U.S. Department of Education's No Child
Left Behind law, allowing this new system to have its own accountability measures. AYP concentrates
on improvement and growth, and focuses on narrowing the gap by assuring faster growth for less
"Earning this status means a great deal to the FLMS family,"
Principal Christie Amburn said. "We know we are doing many things right. We know we are moving in
the right direction. We know that our students have the potential to be top performers and to pursue
anything they want in life."
Amburn said FLMS was one of 70 Reward Schools recognized for
progress. FLMS ranked in the 10 percent of schools statewide as a Reward School, one of three AYP
designations. Other titles include Priority Schools and Focus Schools. As part of the state's AYP,
Reward Schools include 5 percent of schools measured by student achievement levels and 5 percent of
schools that have year-over-year progress, measured by increases in student achievement.
"Actually they grew more than 97 percent of the schools in the state, which when you think about it
that way that's just a phenomenal feat," Loudon County Assistant Director of Schools Mike Garren
said. "So, the school system's very proud of them."
Amburn said Tennessee Comprehensive
Assessment Program scores grew "tremendously" from the 2011-12 school year to the 2012-13 school
year. The largest areas of growth were seventh- and eighth-grade math, ranking in the top 3 percent
of schools statewide for progress. Earning this was a goal that was set early last year, she
"When measuring the percentage of students who scored in the proficient or advanced
category on the 7th grade math TCAP, we increased 21.5 percentage points," Amburn said in an email.
"Similarly, in 8th grade math we increased by 19.1 percentage points."
Teachers worked with
various strategies promoting growth, Amburn said. Grant money was used to purchase three iPad labs,
and teachers observed other instructors in the surrounding area.
She said students were
more willing to learn when they used technology. "We went to Common Core training," Jason Beaty,
FLMS seventh-grade math teacher, said, "and that allowed us to work on some of the strategies that
the state has used that wants the counties to use for Common Core, and we just implemented some of
those strategies for last year."
Amburn said the school also showed growth in seventh- and
eight-grade reading/language arts, 15.9 percent and 13.7 percent, respectively.
utilizing the school's new iPads, students are able to use Internet-based learning programs like
Study Island for math examples, Beaty said.
"In Study Island they have, like, examples of
problems that will be like on TCAP tests and stuff like that," he said. "Study Island also teaches
the students if they don't know how to work a problem, they can click on a little link that will
take them to examples on how to do certain problems, too."
Study Island covers all of the
subjects and is a tool many teachers operate, he said.
"My goal for this year is to
continue this quick upward trend," Amburn said.
"We aren't where we want to be in all areas
of achievement, and we will continue to work diligently until we get there."