By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – According to Campbell County School Superintendent Jennifer Fields, area Schools showed improvement this past year with all three grade bands meeting the district’s Annual Measurable Objective (AMO).

For the district as a whole, students in grades 3-5 showed the most improvement with an increase of 7% of students who met state expectations on their Math and ELA TCAPS. 

“This means over 140 students met expectations who did not meet them in 2020-2021. Both middle and high school students also showed gains of 5.9% and 5% respectively. All three grade bands met their Annual Measurable Objective, which is the district’s yearly goal,” Fields said. 

These gains put Campbell County Schools’ achievement scores back to pre-COVID levels, according to Fields. 

For individual schools, Valley View Elementary, Jacksboro Middle School and Jellico High School met their Double AMO. 

Valley View Principal Jason Dotson said he was “so proud of the staff and students for reaching the double AMO!”

“Our school has a tremendous culture and balance that encourages everyone to bring their best each and every day, and I think these results only validate that balance of high expectations with a culture where students have fun meeting those expectations,” Dotson said.

According to Director Fields, Campbell County High School barely missed its AMO by a “tenth of a percentage point.” LaFollette Middle School had an increase achievement of 1%, but did not meet its AMO. Wynn Habersham Elementary was the only school to “lose ground in achievement.”

Caryville Elementary, Jacksboro Elementary, LaFollette Elementary, Elk Valley Elementary, Jellico Elementary, and White Oak all met their AMO.

Director Fields said she was proud of the past year’s academic accomplishments and the district’s achievement gains.

“Campbell County School System has some of the most knowledgeable, competent teachers you will find anywhere in the state. The district’s achievement gains are the result of the dedication, hard work, and data driven instruction that our teachers delivered on a daily basis. That, combined with a genuine love for students, produced the results we were striving for in our schools,” Fields said.

She said these academic gains helped schools regain progress lost due to the pandemic. According to Fields the county was able to bounce back with additional tutoring, summer learning camps and other methods. 

“These gains put Campbell County Schools’ achievement scores back to pre-COVID levels. In addressing the quick recovery from learning loss, I would like to say that our schools were equipped to make a quick recovery with the implementation of additional tutoring, high quality professional development tailored to the needs of each school, and summer learning camps to help close learning gaps,” Fields said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/09/2022-6AM)