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State lawmakers pondering reversal of teaching policy

August 31st, 2013 10:07 am by Nathan Baker, NET News Service

JOHNSON CITY - Tennessee legislators are poised to take action to reverse a state Board of Education policy that they say goes too far and could cost Tennessee hundreds of dedicated educators.


The new policy bases the granting and renewal of professional teaching licenses on in-class assessments and a growth score derived from students’ standardized testing scores.The new policy, opposed by the Tennessee Education Association, bases the granting and renewal of professional teaching licenses on in-class assessments and a value-added score derived from students’ standardized test results. The plan the state board approved says if teachers score a 1 out of 5 in two of the past three years they will be placed in a review status for an additional year and could lose their license if they score a 1 during the year of review status. Thus,.a teacher would have to score a 1 in three out of four years before they would be subject to losing their license. In addition there is an appeal provision that can be used to handle unusual situations.

“Years ago, when we decided to use TCAP and (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) data to measure student progress, we intended it as a tool to help administrators and teachers track student progress and learn how to provide student with what they needed,” state Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, said Friday. “Then the legislature decided to utilize that system as part of the teacher evaluations. Now it’s just being used too much.”

Read more at JohnsonCityPress.com.

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