State Seeks Feedback on Math, Science and ELA Standards

The Tennessee State Board of Education launched a Standards Review website this week to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K-12 math and English language arts (ELA) standards. Revised science standards have been available on the State website since mid-September for review and feedback; however, this is the first time the revised math and ELA standards, recently improved by Tennessee educators after earlier public input, will be available online. The deadline for review of the science standards is mid-December and the math and ELA standards will be available for feedback online through mid-November. The revised math and ELA standards, developed by expert educator advisory teams throughout the summer, set grade-specific goals that exemplify what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course. The Tennessee State Board of Education encourages Tennesseans, especially teachers and parents, to log in and review each specific standard by grade level, provide comments and make suggestions for any changes. Once data has been collected from the public, it will be aggregated and given to the Standards Recommendation Committee (SRC), appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. The SRC will review the standards and the public feedback before making their recommendation on the revised standards to the State Board at the January meeting. The revised math and ELA standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. To log in to the State website, please visit:...

FSSD Report Card Shows Outstanding Achievement

The release of the 2015 State Report Card validates the work that students and teachers have done over the past year as the scores reflect a high level of academic achievement with a focus on individual student growth in all areas. The Franklin Special School District received all A’s in achievement and maintained a high level of academic growth based on the TCAP scores administered last spring to 3rd through 8th-grade students. The district received all A’s in achievement in the three testing categories — reading/language arts, math, and science. The Report Card also reflects excellent academic gain (value-added assessment) in all subjects. One year of academic gain is reflected with a C on the Report Card. The FSSD received a Report Card grade of A in math, B in science, and C in reading/language arts. “We are extremely proud of our State Report Card results,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “As in years past, there are numerous areas to celebrate the work of our students and teachers. In addition, we have areas where we will continue to focus for improvement with the continued goal of having each child experience success. We are fortunate to have tremendous parent partnerships and we are also very appreciative of the support from the Board of Education, which makes decisions with the best interest of children in mind,” Snowden said. As a whole, FSSD students scored at some of the highest levels in the state, with 74.6 percent proficient or advanced in math, as compared to the state average of 55.6 percent. In reading/language arts, 69 percent of FSSD students scored at the...