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 Tennessee Education Association Fund for Children & Public Education, the association’s political action committee, has endorsed former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the Tennessee Gubernatorial race.
“Karl Dean has a record of increasing education funding as mayor of Nashville and has made improving K-12 funding a centerpiece of his campaign for governor,” said TEA President Beth Brown. “Increasing the state’s per-student investment is a top priority for TEA and one of the reasons Dean has earned our endorsement.”
Educators statewide stand to benefit from a summary judgment recently issued by the Chancery Court of Maury County reinforcing teachers’ rights under the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act.
TEA’s student affiliate STEA has once again been recognized among the top three student programs in the nation with the highest membership.
“We are extremely proud of our student members who go above and beyond their demanding school work load to grow professionally and mentor others as aspiring educators,” said Rhonda Thompson, STEA coordinator and member of TEA’s Instructional Advocacy staff.
In 2015, the TEA Board of Directors set a "Big Hairy Audacious Goal": "TEA will work to ELIMINATE high-stakes decisions based on standardized tests that affect Tennessee’s educators, students and schools by the year 2020."
So what’s next in the fight for fair, accurate measures of student and teacher performance?
Even if there are no issues administering the test, standardized test scores of a summative year-end test like TNReady are not valid measures of student achievement, teacher effectiveness or school performance.