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Nashville Charter Schools Shine Bright on Academic Progress

Represent 70% of Level 5 Growth Schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Education released their annual Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) results, which measures the impact schools and teachers have on their students' academic growth and progress year over year. Among the results, Metro Nashville public charter middle and high schools stood out with 17 out of 21 receiving a Level 5 composite growth score – the highest growth score possible. Schools that achieved this significant progress include:

  • KIPP Academy Nashville
  • KIPP Nashville College Prep
  • Lead Academy
  • Valor Collegiate Academy
  • New Vision Academy
  • Intrepid College Preparatory
  • Liberty Collegiate Academy
  • Nashville Academy of Computer Science
  • STEM Prep Academy
  • LEAD Prep Southeast
  • KA @ The Crossings
  • STEM Prep High School
  • East End Preparatory School
  • Valor Voyager Academy
  • Cameron College Preparatory
  • Strive Collegiate Academy
  • KIPP Nashville Collegiate High

“The Charter Office is very proud of our district charter schools and their commitment to our students.  The contributions they make to student academic performance and to the district is a tremendous asset to the community and the families they serve,” shared Carol Swann, Coordinator of Charter Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools. “Charter schools compose 70% of the 24 secondary schools within MNPS scoring a level 5 TVAAS school-wide composite, which is an affirmation of the good work that our district public charter sector provides.”

“In addition to the day-to-day work in the classrooms that these schools and teachers are putting in, we know that the quality of the process, expectations and ongoing interactions with the MNPS Charter Office has helped ensure Nashville charters are set-up for success,” added Maya Bugg, chief executive officer, Tennessee Charter School Center. “Collaboration is key, and as we continue to seek innovative ways to reach and teach students, there are definitely some best practices worth learning from in these outstanding, high-quality, public schools.”

TVAAS is an analysis of student assessment data, such as the TN Ready and end-of-course tests, that provides districts and their schools a lens to gauge growth and progress of students outside of proficiency on standardized tests.  In conjunction with raw achievement data scores, TVAAS provides educators with valuable information to drive innovative teaching approaches and ensure they are meeting the academic needs of students.

For additional background on the results, a short webinar on TVAAS and its methodology can be found at For more information about the Tennessee Charter School Center or charter schools across the state, visit