Cumberland Co. school earns award for best student achievement

Cumberland County school earns award for best student achievement improvement

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Frank P. Brown Elementary in Crossville is one of four winners of the SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) award. The school won the middle school category. Frank P. Brown Elementary in Crossville is one of four winners of the SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) award. The school won the middle school category.
In just six years, the school managed to jump 485 spots in the state's ranking for middle school effectiveness. In just six years, the school managed to jump 485 spots in the state's ranking for middle school effectiveness.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - An East Tennessee elementary school earned an honor as one of the best schools in the state for improving student achievement.

Frank P. Brown Elementary in Crossville is one of four winners of the SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) award. The school won the middle school category.

"The emotions were just overwhelming," Principal Kristie Thompson said about winning the award.

In just six years, the school managed to jump 485 spots in the state's ranking for middle school effectiveness.

Stephen Wood has a 12-year-old daughter in seventh grade that attends the school. He said the efforts to improve grades over the last several years have paid off.

"The students have worked so hard for the last few years," Wood said. "The teachers have been encouraging them to achieve a higher academic standard, and it's more than that. They've realized they've got a greater potential."

The school ranked last in Cumberland County in 2007 and among the last in the state in middle school effectiveness. Then this year it to number one.

"It was an extreme amount of hard work, determination to get to this point," Thompson said.

Thompson said the school now follows a "no excuse" policy for poor performance.

The school is also putting an emphasis on higher education by encouraging students to start thinking about a career path early on.

One teacher even hangs her family's college pendants in her classroom to get students enthusiastic about college.

"We are all very, very capable and these students, they know it now and this award supports that thought process," Assistant Principal Kari Rockwell said.

The teachers also made their own commitments to reach academic improvement.

Seventh and eighth grade teachers gave up about 40 minutes of planning time four days a week in order to provide a tutoring program for students at the end of the day.

"We're all available if they need help and they get a lot of homework and assignments done during that time," teacher Debbie Jones said. "They get to make up tests."

Thompson said the school will receive $10,000 from the SCORE prize.

Administrators told 6 News that because the win was a collaborative effort, they want everyone's input on how to spend the money.

The school will hold a faculty meeting and meet with the student advisory council and community members to discuss ways to use the money then bring it to a vote.

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