TEA takes battle against TVAAS linkage to teachers’ licenses on the road

Rick Wagner • Feb 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Tennessee Education Association 2014 Road Trip came here Monday with a story about the state’s value-added test scores for a teacher in Middle Tennessee.

It left with local stories from at least three Tri-Cities teachers about problems they see firsthand with TVAAS value-added scores.

The state Board of Education Friday morning, after viewing and hearing “The Trouble with TVAAS” presentation that is being taken statewide by TEA in the Road Trip, rescinded a linkage it made last year between TVAAS scores and teacher licensure.

That linkage has been at the heart of much current debate, and state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Johnson City, introduced legislation to force rescinding it.

However, the TEA website, www.teateachers.org, indicated the board will consider the matter again in April and urged continued support of Hill’s bill — the “Educator Respect and Accountability Act of 2014” — that would prohibit the use of standardized test scores in the renewal or advancement of teacher licenses.

TEA, which represents almost 40,000 of the more than 77,000 public school teachers in the Volunteer State, has put at the top of its legislative agenda pushing lawmakers to remove the TVAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) results as a lone way to remove a teacher’s license.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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