EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB)- Principal Steve Robinson says "the work never ends," but he is happy to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Robinson led three celebration assemblies (one each for grades 6, 7 and 8) at East Ridge Middle School, proudly displaying a letter from the State Department of Education.  His school was notified it had scored in the top five percent in academic improvement from 2011 to 2012.

District 8 School Board member David Testerman, a retired principal, told students and parents how rare it is to be honored for such an achievement.  He credited the school's faculty for doing the extra work necessary to improve test scores.

High-scoring students received certificates honoring them for their academic excellence.  Hundreds of parents and grandparents attended the celebration assemblies.