Chris Barbic
Founding Superintendent


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Chris Barbic became the founding superintendent of the Achievement School District in August 2011. In this role, Barbic leads an effort to build a statewide school district designed to authorize great charter schools, give the educators in those schools freedom and resources, and hold them accountable for breakout results.  The ASD has set a goal to move Tennessee’s Priority Schools – the bottom 5 percent – to the top 25 percent. The ASD currently has 23 schools serving approximately 6,500 students in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.  Last year, ASD students grew faster in math and reading proficiency than the statewide average, and the students in priority schools are growing four times faster than the rest of the state.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Barbic joined Teach For America in 1992 and taught middle school for six years in Houston, where he was named Houston Independent School District’s Outstanding Young Educator.  In 1998, Barbic founded and led YES Prep Public Schools, which is often recognized as one of the highest-performing charter management organizations in the nation and won the inaugural Broad Foundation Prize for the best CMO in the country in 2011.