Tennessee Achievement School District chief resigning

Friday, September 1, 2017, Vol. 41, No. 35

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee officials say the head of the state-run Achievement School District is resigning.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Wednesday that Achievement School District Superintendent Malika Anderson is stepping down at the end of the month. Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Airhart will be the interim superintendent.

The district was created by the state to oversee schools in the bottom 5 percent academically. Many of its 32 schools are in Memphis.

District spokesman Robert White said Anderson resigned after helping the district through staff restructuring in preparation for a new school improvement plan.

A search for her replacement is underway.

The Commercial Appeal reports Anderson's resignation comes a week after the district's high school results showed little to no growth on TNReady assessment tests taken by students at the school year's end.