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120 Hamilton County educators earn Teacher Incentive Fund grants

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Some 120 Hamilton County educators are the recipients of awards for their accomplishments during the 2013-2014 school year. The federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant was awarded to thirteen Hamilton County schools as part of Tennessee's Race to the Top Initiative. 

The grant helps recognize and reward teachers in hard-to-staff schools, who demonstrate an increase in student achievement and exceptional growth in literacy and mathematics.  

Teachers and administrators at Brainerd High School, The Howard School, and the feeder schools into both, were eligible for various tiers of financial rewards. To receive an award, teachers must meet a number of eligibility requirements – in addition to meeting specific criteria related to student achievement goals.

For the second consecutive year, East Side Elementary ranked in the top 25th percentile of all Tennessee elementary schools for student growth in both literacy and mathematics.  

East Side continues to excel and principal Stephanie Hinton is proud of their continued success. East Lake Academy saw significant gains in the students' average daily attendance, increasing the percentage to 98.8%.  

East Lake Academy also maintained the state's accountability status as a school in good standing. Orchard Knob Middle School maintained a strong student attendance rate of 95.1% and the 8th grade literacy team earned an A for value added growth on the Tennessee state report card.  

Dalewood Middle School also earned several A's on the state report card for value added growth in 7th and 8th grade literacy and 6th and 7th grade mathematics. 

Brainerd High School demonstrated the largest growth in Hamilton County for Algebra 1, with double digit gains in student proficiency.

Howard School saw the largest increase district-wide in student proficiency for English 1. Hillcrest Elementary saw the largest increases district-wide in student proficiency in both literacy and mathematics. 

Clifton Hills Elementary and East Lake Elementary School both demonstrated significant growth in mathematics, ranking in the top 25th percentile for growth of all elementary schools in the state. 

Woodmore Elementary also gained 10 percentage points in student proficiency in mathematics.

In all, 120 educators received additional compensation totaling over $240,000 in payouts for their hard work during the 2013-2014 school year.

For additional information, please see our website detailing the TIF grant at: www.hcde.org/humanresources/tif.

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