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Tennessee releases Adequate Yearly Progress results

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Nineteen Hamilton County schools are listed as High Priority according to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results released by Gov. Bill Haslam Friday.

The list includes Brainerd High, Central High, Howard Middle/High, Lookout Valley Middle/High, Red Bank High, Sequoyah High, Soddy Daisy High, Dalewood Middle, East Lake Academy, Orchard Knob Middle, Tyner Middle Academy, Donaldson Elementary, Clifton Hills Elementary, East Side Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Orchard Knob Elementary, Rivermont Elementary, and Woodmore Elementary.

The announcement was low-key, and no advance notice was given.  In previous years, the announcement of AYP results was made with media outlets given at least 24 hours advance notice.  The results were posted on the state's Education Department website with no fanfare.

Education Department spokesperson Amanda Morris acknowledged the different method of releasing the information, saying "It was a decision by the administration.  The governor's office is doing it in a different manner than it was done before."

Gov. Haslam is asking federal education officials to grant Tennessee a waiver in meeting  education standards under No Child Left Behind.

Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, both in their first year in office,  announced the waiver request during a Friday conference call.

The governor said he made the request upon learning that the federal standards were unlikely to be relaxed in the near future.

Commissioner Huffman said the AYP standards no longer serve the interest of education reform in the state.

Here is a link to the state Education Department website: http://www.tn.gov/education/nclb/ayp/index.shtml

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