State Suspends Testing in Grades 3-8

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced that Part 2 of the TNReady/TCAP testing in grades 3-8 is suspended for this school year. This pronouncement follows a strained testing year, with the failed attempt at online testing due to technical difficulties by the state’s assessment vendor, Measurement Incorporated, late arrival of paper and pencil testing for Part 1 of TNReady/TCAP, and another shipping delay this week. Every district, including ours, has not received all necessary testing materials in time for the Part 2 testing window. Our teachers and students have worked extremely hard this year in preparation for the testing transition, which has been utterly disappointing in its rollout.   Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen offered districts the option of testing in grades/subjects where complete testing materials have been received. The multiple failures by Measurement Incorporated have removed the opportunity for equitable accountability for students, teachers, schools and school districts across Tennessee. With the numerous breakdowns in the rollout of this new test administration, the Franklin Special School District believes it is in the best interest of our students, teachers and families to not administer Part 2 of the state assessment, even in the grades where we have received all testing materials. The only students who will continue forward with 2016 state testing are those currently taking high school math courses, Algebra I and Geometry.   “We appreciate the work of our students and teachers in preparation for the new assessment and we are confident our students would have been able to demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding. We look forward to that opportunity in future years,” said Director...

Register Now for Summer Coding Camps

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with Nashville Technology Council and We Build Tech to offer our rising intermediate and middle school students the opportunity to attend Scratch Coding Camps this summer.  Space is limited, so register early! Scratch Camp (click for flyer)Rising 5th and 6th GradersJune 27 – July 1, 20169:00 – 3:00Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane Great introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primmer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition:  $200 (payable online to NTC when you register)Camp Requirements:  All equipment and supplies for the camp will be provided by the Nashville Technology Council.  Each student will need to bring his or her lunch to camp each day.  This camp also requires each student have an email address.  The email address allows students to save their work. Register Now Scratch Camp (click for flyer)Rising 7th, 8th and 9th GradersJune 27 – July 1, 20169:00 – 3:00Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy 96 WestGreat introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primmer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Age Range:  7th – 9th grade Experience...

Preschool Openings for Student Peer Models

  Franklin Special School District provides a Special Education Preschool program to meet the needs of three- to five-year-old children who have developmental delays. This school-based program includes positive peer role models in each Special Education Preschool class. The inclusion model provides a wide range of learning opportunities and the least restrictive environment that is both stimulating and challenging for both groups of children. The program also promotes belonging, friendships, understanding and acceptance of others who are different. The school day is 6 hours – generally 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Monday through Friday beginning the first day of school. We are currently accepting enrollment applications for typically developing positive peer role models to complete this program. Eligible students must be 4 years old by August 1 and reside in or have a parent employed in the Franklin Special School District. Preschool Positive Peer Model...

Provide Feedback on State Science Standards

The State Board of Education launched the science standards review website (here) to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K–12 science standards. This is the second and final opportunity for public review and feedback on the new science standards, which were first publicly reviewed in fall 2015 and then revised by Tennessee educators over the past several months. Data collected from the website during this second review period will again be given to a team of Tennessee educators to review and will inform their revision of the state’s science standards. After revisions, the committee will propose the revised science standards to the State Board of Education for first reading in July 2016. The state board’s final reading of the revised standards will be in October 2016, and implementation will take place in the 2018-19 school year. This is an important opportunity for educators, parents, and members of the public to share their perspectives and suggest revisions to our current science standards. The deadline for providing feedback is May...