The Chalk Board for July 18, 2016

By Sally Absher TONIGHT!! Meet and Greet with Susan Horn Bring some friends and join 5th District Knox County Board of Education candidate Susan Horn for dessert Monday, July 18th, from 6:30 – 8:30 at Copperstone Clubhouse, 1345 Copperstone Lane. The event is hosted by Jennie Councill, Alison Dotson, Beth Duncan, Blair Kerr, Melissa Mason, […]

Education Commissioner Announces Changes to Tennessee Assessments

By Sally Absher   Tennessee finalized the contract with Questar for the 2016-17 state assessment last week, and Commissioner Candice McQueen announced “significant changes” to state assessments in response to feedback from educators, parents and students. One of the biggest changes is that overall testing time has been reduced by nearly a third. For students […]

Resetting the Conversation Around Assessment?

By Sally Absher Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) Commissioner Candice McQueen announced that the department intends to award Questar, a national leader in large-scale assessment, a contract to develop and administer Tennessee’s annual state assessments for the 2016-17 school year. The initial contract is for two years with a maximum liability of […]

Board of Education Discusses Seating Charts, Dress Codes

Board of Education Discusses Seating Charts, Dress Codes

By Sally Absher   The Knox County Schools BOE met in back-to-back work session and regular meetings last week. Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas presided over both meetings, although outgoing Superintendent Jim McIntyre was still seated at the table for the work session meeting. Thomas gave his first official Superintendent’s report, announcing that the big goal, […]

The Chalk Board for July 11, 2016

By Sally Absher Knox County TSA Students Win Big at TSA National Conference Local Technology Student Association (TSA) teams and individuals from the Knoxville area scored in the Top 10 in a number of categories at the National TSA Conference held in Nashville in June. KCS Middle School Students scoring in the Top 10: Tyler […]

Will Regulations Render ESSA No Better Than NCLB?

By Sally Absher Last month, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander welcomed members of the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) to his Washington D.C. office. KCS Board of Education member Patti Bounds was one of a group of TSBA members in Washington to participate in the National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute. He told the TSBA members, […]

The Chalk Board for the week of June 27, 2016

By Sally Absher   Zaevion Dobson to Receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award ESPN reports that Zaevion Dobson will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS next month. Zaveion, a Fulton High School football player, was shot to death last December while shielding two girls from gunfire. Just 15 years old at […]

The Chalk Board for June 20, 2016

By Sally Absher Buzz Thomas Joins KCS as Interim Superintendent Appointed Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas officially took the reins as Director of Knox County Schools on June 15. He’s not quite “flying solo” yet though – outgoing Superintendent Jim McIntyre will be hanging around until July 8, to work in an “advisory role” to Thomas. […]

Oklahoma Legislature Ends VAM in Teacher Evaluations

By Sally Absher If Oklahoma is the “Sooner State” then Tennessee must be the “Later State.” At least, concerning passing legislation to end the use of the highly controversial “value added model” (VAM) in teacher evaluations. Brian Washington reports on Educationvotes.org that House Bill 2957, which was recently signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary […]

‘Unfortunate Situation’ But No Ethics Violation

By Sally Absher Last week the Knox County Schools Ethics Committee heard the complaint filed by Adam McKenry, Randy Susong, and Leonard Sams against Bearden High School principal Dr. John Bartlett, BHS Athletic Director Nathan Lynn, KCS Director of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham, and KCS Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. McKenry and Susong were treasurer […]

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