Sunday, August 20, 2017 09:47 PM

CHATTANOOGA GIRLS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY RECOGNIZED FOR IMPROVED TEST SCORES

Student Brishanna Smith works on a Chromebook in class Tuesday at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in Chattanooga. CGLA, Tennessee's first single-gender STEM public charter school, has in two years turned from the threat of closure to a top-achieving school. Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. Executive director Dr. Elaine Swafford talks Tuesday about the system of benchmarking and achievement tracking in the data room and teachers' lounge of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Executive director Dr. Elaine Swafford talks Tuesday about... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was on the verge of being shut down in 2012 when Elaine Swafford took over as executive director. Now, test scores have improved so much at the all-girl charter school that it was recognized this year and last by the state as a "Reward School," meaning it's among the top 5 percent of schools that improved their scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program standardized test. The school's secret? "It's really not a silver bullet," Swafford said. "It's just work." Part of that work involves closely tracking students' progress at the school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "This is my data room," Swafford said ...

News source: Times Free Press

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