Hamilton County school leaders look to transform middle school experience

In this March 22, 2018, staff file photo, Dr. Justin Robertson speaks to the Hamilton County school board.

Changes in Hamilton County Schools are not stopping with the district rebrand and the launch of the Future Ready Institutes, a new model for career and technical education in the county's high schools, announced in the previous few months.

Superintendent Bryan Johnson has his eyes on the county's middle schools, too.

Last month, Chief Schools Officer Justin Robertson presented data to the school board, highlighting the fact that student achievement begins to decline in middle school.

photo Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, speaks to Times Free Press staff on March 15, 2018.

The percent of county middle schools on track in math was more than 5 percentage points lower than elementary schools, and the percent of middle school students reading on grade level also was lower.