State Seeks Input on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

The State Department of Education has been working over the past year to draft a plan to transition from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The State plan is built on the work started in partnership with school districts through Tennessee Succeeds.  The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has a detailed explanation of the federal act and what it means for Tennessee school districts in its SCORE Sheet (Dec. 2016).  Parents and local community members can view Tennessee’s plan and provide the State with public comment via the ESSA website.  A direct link to the feedback form is here. The public comment period will be open through Jan. 31, 2017. All input is welcome, although groups are encouraged to provide feedback as one entity.   Over the past two months, the State has heard from more than 600 parents, educators, students, district and school administrators, school board members, advocates, and community members who have attended ESSA town halls. This turnout during a busy holiday season exceeded expectations so two more town halls have been scheduled: Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. ET at Tennessee High School in Bristol If you can’t make it to an in-person discussion, the State website has the handouts from these town halls, a video from one of the presentations as well as the presentation itself, and an online survey that mirrors the exit ticket questions asked of town hall participants. You can RSVP for the two new town halls here....

FSSD and MAC Winter Break Holiday Schedule

The Franklin Special School District schools and Central Office will be closed December 22 through January 3. Faculty and staff will return Wednesday January 4. Students will return Monday, January 9. January 4 – District Professional Learning Day (course catalog) January 5 – School Professional Learning Day January 6 – Administrative Day January 9 – Students and All Staff Return     MACMAC will be open at the Holiday Site, 1406 Cannon Street, on the following schedule: Dec. 22 – Open Dec. 23-25 – CLOSED Dec. 26-29 – Open Dec. 30-Jan. 2 – CLOSED Dec. 4-6 – Open If you need to reach the Holiday MAC Office, please...

FSSD TCAP Testing Schedule 2016-17

TCAP Testing Schedule for FSSD April 17—May 5, 2017   April 18, TuesdayELA, Part 1 (writing), grades 3-8 (75-85 minutes) April 25, TuesdayELA, Part 2, grades 3-8 (35-50 minutes)Science, Part 1, grades 3-8 (48-53 minutes) April 26, WednesdayELA, Part 3, grades 3-8 (35-50 minutes)Science, Part 2, grades 3-8 (47-51 minutes) April 27, ThursdayELA, Part 4, grades 3-8 (45-50 minutes) May 2, TuesdayMath, Part 1 (no calculator), grades 3-8 (40-45 min.)Algebra I/Geometry, Part 1 (no calculator) (35 minutes) May 3, WednesdayMath, Part 2, grades 3-8 (30 minutes)Algebra I/Geometry, Part 2 (55 minutes)Social Studies Field Test, grades 3-8 (50 minutes) May 4, ThursdayMath, Part 3, grades 3-8 (40-55 minutes)Algebra I/Geometry, Part 3 (55 minutes) May 5, FridayMake-ups* *Make-up testing can take place throughout the testing window.   Individual schools will create schedules for their specific grade configurations. School schedules will be communicated to families by December 16,...