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Woodland named National ESEA Distinguished School

National ESEA



Woodland Elementary earned a prestigious distinction this week, as it was named a National ESEA Distinguished School. Woodland is one of two schools in Tennessee and one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2021. The announcement came from the National Association of Elementary and Secondary Education Act State Program Administrators (NAESPA) and was designated by the Tennessee Department of Education.

“Woodland is tremendously honored to be selected as a National ESEA Distinguished School,” Woodland Principal Dr. Karen Reach said. “This honor affirms the amazing work of our teachers, support team members, families, and community partners as we continue our united quest for the success of our wonderful, Woodland students within our very special community of learning. “We also greatly appreciate our Board of Education and central office staff for their excellent and ongoing support of our Woodland learning community.”

Since 1996, the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students.  It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for its students in one of three categories. Woodland was recognized for their exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years. Two other categories that schools can be honored for include, closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years and excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.).

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides additional resources for vulnerable students and federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of public elementary and secondary education.

The only other Johnson City School to receive this honor was Fairmont in 2017. To view Woodland’s profile, please visit

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