Political tempest over seventh grade social studies standards has a key lawmaker scapegoating teachers
Tennessee’s future teachers took school improvement into their own hands with a first annual service project at John Early Middle School in Nashville on Friday, Sept. 25.
“Student TEA members from every part of our state gathered at John Early Middle School to make over an outdoor classroom,” said STEA President Raymond Boyd. “While some people talk about improving teaching and learning conditions at schools, we’re doing something about it.”
The majority of Tennessee kindergarten teachers would like to see the new state portfolio standards to be implemented as a pilot this year in light of many problems associated with their roll out, a TEA survey has found. TEA is working with the legislature to ensure it is so.
For many teachers, the new standards came as a surprise after the hard work to implement the standards and portfolio system for the 2016-17 school year, which many teachers supported.
Low proficiency rates, strange “bowl” curves, compact cut scores, huge TVAAS assumptions, and a disconnect from ACT outcomes among biggest problems
Teachers believe in assessments, we were the ones who invented them.
Yet TEA and others have growing concerns about TNReady as the testing data is provided to schools, teachers and parents from last year.
Drill. Drill. Drill. Test. Punish. Repeat.
This is the education system our current generation of children is experiencing. Our children are growing up in a time when all they know is the test-and-punish model that has ruled public education for too many years now.