Germantown, Tennessee--October 3, 2018--The Tennessee Department of Education recently recognized Houston High School as one of its 2018 U.S. Civics All-Star Schools. Every senior graduating with a regular diploma earned a passing grade (70 percent or higher) on the state-mandated U.S. civics test.
“It is a testament to the passion of the teachers and the aptitude of the students," said Bill Gillespie, Germantown Municipal School District's Instructional Supervisor for grades 6-12. "Attaining such high scores and such distinction clearly sets apart what our teachers do in the classroom."
This past year was the second year for the Tennessee-mandated U.S. civics test. Tennessee has been on the forefront of revamping the approach to civics and social studies over the past two years.
Per state law (T.C.A. § 49-6-408A), students must participate in the United States citizenship and immigration test during the student's high school career. All public high school students are expected to participate in the civics test; however, a passing grade is not a requirement for graduation. Houston High School students take the test as a part of their U.S. government class.
“It's outstanding that the students at Houston High School outperformed not just expectations, but many of their peers across the state," added Gillespie. "It sets a high bar that we expect to maintain for future graduating classes."
Houston High School was one of the 143 high schools in the state to achieve this recognition.