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A-E makes significant improvement in several areas
              Austin-East no longer eligible for Achievement School District
RELATED: News ReleaseBarbic Letter from SDE



Austin-East principal Benny Perry (r) discusses the school's programs and progress during Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman's visit to Austin-East recently.
The Knox County Schools has been informed by the Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD) that based on its current accountability status, Austin-East Magnet High School is no longer facing imminent state takeover. 

The school, which had missed academic benchmarks in prior years, has made significant improvement in several areas in the past few years, including graduation rate, adequate yearly progress in English/language arts, and has also produced a National Merit Scholar.
   

Barbic
“Although Austin-East was initially identified as an Achievement School District (ASD)-eligible school, it has met the required performance benchmarks and – as of this time – is no longer considered ASD-eligible,” said Chris Barbic, Superintendent of Tennessee’s ASD in a letter to the Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “It is clear that the time and effort you, Mr. Benny Perry, and the rest of your team are investing is making exactly the kind of impact we all want to see for students enrolled at the school.” (Download letter from Barbic).
   
The Achievement School District was established in an effort to turn around the State’s lowest performing schools by allowing the state to take them over and govern them through the ASD. Schools are identified based on a definition including the U.S. Department of Education’s Persistently Lowest Achieving status, the state accountability status and a statewide lowest five percent designation.
 
Superintendent sites A-E Leadership, staff, students, parents, community for success
“Austin-East has done an enormous amount of work to improve its academic culture and instructional focus, and we are clearly seeing the results,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “My congratulations to Austin-East’s leadership, staff, students, parents, and tremendously engaged community for this accomplishment. We must now sustain this academic momentum and continue the focused school improvement effort that has occurred at Austin-East to ensure high quality instruction and student success."






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Below, Superintendent McIntyre with Knoxville Mayor Brown discusses strategy with the Austin-East administration during his visit last fall.














 








Reason to Celebrate: A-E and Knox County School administrators and Board of Education members with Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Huffman just after their meeting this fall at the School.
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