|U of M's Campus School Ranked Among Highest Achieving Schools in State
For release: Dec. 19, 2006
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The Campus School at the University of Memphis has been recognized as one of the highest achieving schools in Tennessee. With 99 percent of its students scoring proficient or advanced in both reading and math, Campus School, which includes grades one through six, is the top achieving school in Memphis, as measured by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).
In addition, Campus School is closing the gap between African-American and white students who score in the advanced range.
TCAP exams test students in grades three through eight in reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies. On the 2005 TCAP, Campus School students scored above the state average in reading/language arts and math at all grade levels. Fifth-graders scored 100 percent on the reading/language arts portion of the exam.
“Campus School’s success can be attributed to teachers who never stop striving for excellence; students who are respectful, responsible, and ready; and parents who are invested in their child’s education,” said Susan Copeland, the school’s director.
The school’s professional development is focused on strategies to provide more powerful instruction for its students. Eleven of the 16 classroom teachers and both administrators have attended week-long Quantum Learning (QL) workshops in Chicago and Nashville. QL concentrates on brain research that guides instruction through visual, auditory and kinesthetic methods, as well as other strategies that focus on the development of the whole child.
Campus School also holds “family gatherings” on Friday evenings to strengthen relationships among students and between students and their parents.Campus School has been the elementary laboratory school for the College of Education at the University of Memphis for nearly a century. The school serves as a center for research and collaborative partnerships and a model for teacher education. The College of Education is the number one producer of teachers in the State of Tennessee.
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