Every year, the Education Consumers Foundation (ECF) selects 18 elementary and middle school principals for this award based on the most important school measurement available: Learning gains across the entire student body, as measured by Tennessee’s Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS). TVAAS measures achievement gain in a way that permits schools to be compared regardless of the makeup of the student body. Schools whose students make the greatest annual gains in achievement earn the highest value-added scores.
Brighton Elementary is one of the state’s top performers on TVAAS, ranking 33rd in the state among 761 elementary schools, and is the third place winner of the Value-Added Achievement Awards among elementary schools in West Tennessee.
“Schools like Brighton Elementary show what a dedicated principal and teaching force can achieve in Tennessee schools,” noted ECF President Dr. J. E. Stone. “If every school performed at the level of our 18 winners, Tennessee would lead the nation in educational improvement.”
“Michael Hughes leads a quality team of teachers, administrators, and other staff members,” said Tipton County Director of Schools Dr. William E. Bibb. “We are very proud of the students at Brighton Elementary School and their growth in achievement. This is made possible by the dedicated teachers, administrators and other staff members who work with our students on a daily basis. For student progress to be made, parental and community support is vital. Brighton Elementary School certainly has both.”
According to Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, “I am pleased to join with the Education Consumers Foundation in recognizing the principals and schools that are really moving the needle on student achievement. These education leaders are shining examples of what’s possible in Tennessee.”
How the winners were selected
Each year, the Education Consumers Foundation ranks Tennessee elementary and middle schools according to their value-added performance. Rankings are made using schools’ letter grades for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies; reading/language arts and math scores are double-weighted to reflect the importance of these areas. A “grade point average” is calculated, with a complementary measure – the raw TVAAS value of schools’ reading/language arts and math scores – used as a secondary factor.
In all, 18 winners were selected from among Tennessee’s nearly 1,300 public elementary and middle schools. First, second and third place awards are given in two categories, Elementary and Middle schools, in each of Tennessee’s three regions: East, Middle, and West.
Because the awards recognize high quality leadership, only schools where the principal has served for at least five years were considered.
“School leaders like Michael Hughes are the kinds of principals we want to see in every Tennessee school: dedicated leaders willing to do whatever it takes to create the conditions for student success,” said Dr. Stone.
The winning principals each receive a certificate, a banner and a cash award: $3,000 for 1st place, $2,000 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place. Additional information about the winners, including school performance charts, is available at www.education-consumers.org .