2012 Value-Added Achievement Awards

In a May 14, 2012 ceremony held at the Tennessee Supreme Court, Education Consumers Foundation President J. E. Stone presented awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 to Tennessee’s highest performing elementary and middle school principals. (You can see rankings of every elementary school here, and of every middle school here.) Recipients were selected on the basis of their school’s most recent 3-year average achievement gains in math and reading/language arts. Only those principals with 5 or more years of service were considered.

The Foundation was honored to see participation Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, who spoke and served as a co-presenter of the awards.

Click here for the event press release on the event (PDF file)
You can also visit the pages of individual winners to see articles written about them

Dr. Stone, president of the Foundation, offered remarks at the event. A full transcript can be found here; in brief, Dr. Stone noted that schools in Tennessee are just beginning to make use of the State’s TVAAS database.  Schools like the award winners recognized by the Education Consumers Foundation have been increasing the percentage of 3rd through 5th graders who are proficient in reading by 12 points per year.  However, even statewide gains at the rate of the top schools will fail to bring Tennessee to its Race to the Top goals unless there is a significant increase in the percentage of students who have mastered reading by time they have reached grade 3–currently 42%.  Happily, a project by a Knoxville foundation has recently demonstrated that skill-building approaches to reading instruction in the earliest grades could dramatically change this picture within a few years.

You can click on the flags below to review information from each winning principal. You can also visit the Value-Added Achievement Awards home page to learn more about the Awards and the ECF School Performance Charts, and see additional applications and analyses of Tennessee’s value-added data.


Elementary Schools

A: Dresden Elementary School 
Mike Laughrey, Principal
759 Linden Street, #B
Dresden, TN 38225
Weakley County Schools

B: Lincoln Magnet Elementary School 
Lynne Shuttleworth, Principal
425 Berry Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Madison County Schools

C: Alton Elementary School
Barbara Beaver, Principal
2020 Alton Street
Memphis, TN 38106
Memphis City Schools

D: Stanford Elementary Montessori 
Melva Stricklin, Principal
2417 Maplecrest Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Davidson County Schools

E: Hobgood Elementary School
Barbara Sales, Principal
307 Baird Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Murfreesboro Schools

F: The Discovery School
Debbie Bogdan, Principal
101 Henslee Dr.
Dickson, TN 37055
Dickson County Schools

G: Boones Creek Elementary School 
Teresa Leonard, Principal
348 Christian Church Rd.
Gray, TN 37615
Washington County Schools

H: Fairview Marguerite Elementary
Suzanne Wampler, Principal
2125 Fairview Road
Morristown, TN 37814
Hamblen County Schools

I: John Sevier Elementary School 
Rick Wilson, Principal
2001 Sequoyah Avenue
Maryville, TN 37804
Maryville Schools

Middle Schools

J: Dyer Elementary School
Brad Garner, Principal
322 East College Street
Dyer, TN 38330
Gibson County Special School District

K: West Carroll Junior High School
Lex Suite, Principal
760 Highway 77
Atwood, TN 38220
West Carroll Special School District

L: South Side Elementary 
Neal Wright, Principal
29855 Highway 104, South
Reagan, TN 38368
Henderson County Schools

M: Thurman Francis Elementary 
Dr. Andra Helton, Principal
221 Todd Lane
Smyrna, TN 37167
Rutherford County Schools

N: Bridgeforth Middle School 
JB Smith III, Principal
1051 Bridgeforth Crossing
Pulaski, TN 38478
Giles County Schools

O: Fairview Middle School 
Brian Bass, Principal
7200 Cumberland Drive
Fairview, TN 37062
Williamson County Schools

P: Normal Park Museum Magnet 
Jill Levine, Principal
1219 West Mississippi Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Hamilton County Schools

Q: Newport Grammar School
Sandra Burchette, Principal
301 College Street
Newport, TN 37821
Newport Schools

R: Little Milligan
JR Campbell, Principal
4226 Highway 321
Butler, TN 37640
Carter County Schools