On Aug. 19, Covington High School was publicly identified as a Reward School for the 2012-13 school year by Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of Education.
The distinction, awarded annually, recognizes schools across the state in the top five percent for performance, measured by a one year success rate, or top five percent for progress, measured by a one-year Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) school composite.
Marcus Heaston, principal at Covington High School, said, “This is a testament to the hard work of the staff, students and community of Covington. The Reward School recognition, in addition to the 2012 SCORE awards reinforces the dedication of everyone involved.
“There is nothing like seeing a vision come true, and to receive measurable validation not only in Tipton County, but across the state,” continued Heaston, who called his staff “unsung heroes. This award is about them.”
Additionally, “U.S. News and World Reports” has ranked Covington High School, Brighton High School and Munford High School with Bronze ratings in their Best High Schools of 2013.
More than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed for these rankings. In order to achieve a Bronze medal, reading and math results from high school proficiency tests were factored with the percentage of economical hardship in the area, in addition to a comparison of performance of proficiency rates for disadvantages students across the state.
Only 2,515 high schools throughout the nation were awarded bronze medals.