Four local schools were recognized by the state of Tennessee for academic growth and achievement on standardized tests for the 2012-13 school year.
The schools – Fairmont, Lake Ridge and Town Acres elementary schools in the Johnson City district and University School in the Washington County district – ranked in either the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth or the top five percent for academic achievement.
The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment Scores, released Monday by the state Department of Education, makes the four schools Reward Schools, along with 165 other learning institutions statewide.
Out of five possible levels denoting each school’s effectiveness in three areas of instruction, Lake Ridge, Towne Acres and University School all received perfect scores in literacy, math and overall, meaning the students in those schools made outstanding gains on the TCAP tests.
Fairmont Elementary received scores of five in math and overall and a four in literacy.
Lake Ridge, Towne Acres, Fairmont Elementary and University School all received distinction as Rewards Schools in terms of performance. Towne Acres was one of only 16 schools in the state to achieve the designation for both performance and progress.
Statewide, 70 schools were listed as Reward Schools for academic achievement and 83 for annual growth.
Holston View Elementary School in Bristol also received recognition for overall progress.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the categories some local schools achieved for the Reward School designation.