The gift of education

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By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families,

The holiday season is upon us, filled with cheer and goodwill.  As we enjoy this special time, let’s be certain to remember that many of our most precious gifts in life simply can’t be wrapped. The gift of education is just one of many that quickly come to mind.

As Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.”

I certainly believe this to be true. Our latest Tennessee State Report Card shows that based on a variety of academic indicators, our school system is delivering a high quality education to our students. This year, the Knox County Schools’ graduation rate rose to 90.3, an increase of 3.7 percent over the previous year. This was 3.1 percent higher than the state’s average of 87.2 percent.

Further reflecting the tremendous strides being made in the classroom, ACT scores also continued to improve. This year, the composite ACT score was 20.6. Gains were also made in overall proficiency rates for all four tested subject areas on the TCAP for grades 3-8 (reading/language arts, math, science and social studies). I encourage you to visit to access the full 2012 Report Card – it showcases strong, steady academic progress.

I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment of our teachers, staff, students, parents and community. Dedicated teachers, high standards, continuous improvement, research-based instructional strategies and the concept of multiple pathways to success are making a difference in terms of positive student academic achievement and growth.

Education is a very powerful gift. With your support, the Knox County Schools is continuing to make significant strides to reach our very ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children.

I hope that you have a joyful holiday season this year.




Dr. Jim McIntyre
Superintendent, Knox County Schools

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