Opinion: Hamilton County Schools set goal of every student thriving in order to reach elusive performance targets

Staff Photo By Robin Rudd / Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson answers questions from Times Free Press editors and reporters in an editorial board meeting earlier this week.

It's not as if the Hamilton County School district is hiding anything.

Its annual performance summary is printed in full color and is included as part of the system's three-year update on its Future Ready 2023 action plan.

But it highlights the large gaps the system must hurdle to accomplish the goals it set for itself by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

In 15 areas of student achievement, the district met its 2021 goals (from a 2018 baseline) in only two - the percentage of students completing one or more early postsecondary opportunities and the number of schools with a growth level of 3 or higher. And it fell below the three-year-old baseline in six areas of student achievement.

Of course, in that span of time a little thing called COVID disrupted the world and, with it, public K-12 education.