Jim Satterfield Middle School has been identified as a Reward School for the 2017-18 school year. Under the new ESSA accountability model that includes student achievement, student growth, and student attendance, the school is one of 318 high, middle, and elementary schools or approximately 20 percent of schools across Tennessee that earned the prestigious designation.
For the first year, science has been included in the model as well as accounting for the improvement of historically underserved subgroups. "We are very proud of Mr. McCall and his team," stated Director of Schools Clint Satterfield. "It is a total team effort, our ELA department saw noticeable improvement from the previous year where ELA achievement ranks 23rd out of 146 school districts. Our Math achievement ranked 24th and our science achievement ranked #4 in the state while the chronic absenteeism shrunk from 8.6 percent to 6.6 percent in 2018."
Satterfield noted that "the high school only missed being a Reward School by .001 of a point. We just need to get our chronic absenteeism rate down, and I think we will make it there, too." The school district achieved the final status of Advancing just below the top Exemplary status while being named Exemplary for student achievement.