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Eight Tennessee schools recognized nationally for high student achievement

Students at Cummings Elementary School in Memphis participate in a rally to build community support for Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's 10-year vision plan for Shelby County Schools. Cummings was one of eight Tennessee schools honored April 10 by the state Board of Education.
Students at Cummings Elementary School in Memphis participate in a rally to build community support for Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's 10-year vision plan for Shelby County Schools. Cummings was one of eight Tennessee schools honored April 10 by the state Board of Education.
D. Burnette

The Tennessee Board of Education recognized eight Tennessee schools Friday for winning national awards.

Six schools were honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for high student achievement and decreasing achievement gaps on standardized tests. Two more, both in Shelby County, were listed as Distinguished Schools by the National Title I Association.

“These schools are exemplars in the state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a news release. “This is an outstanding accomplishment that took effort from students, teachers, administrators, and parents.”

Receiving the National Blue Ribbon award, which goes to both public and private schools, were Foothills Elementary, Maryville City Schools; Hillsboro Elementary/Middle, Williamson County Schools; Kenrose Elementary, Williamson County Schools; Madison Academic Magnet High, Jackson-Madison County Schools; Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; and Trinity Elementary, Williamson County Schools.

The Title I Distinguished Schools in Tennessee are E.E. Jeter Elementary and Cummings School, both in Shelby County. E.E. Jeter Elementary was recognized for academic achievement, and Cummings School was celebrated for closing achievement gaps.

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