Tennessee Education Association

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TEA Files Lawsuit Against Unconstitutional Use of Test Scores

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Education Association recently filed a lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education for its unconstitutional use of Tennessee Value Added Assessment System estimates in high-stakes bonus decisions.

“Unfortunately, one of our concerns with the high-stakes use of TVAAS estimates has come to fruition,” said Gera Summerford, TEA president. “It is unacceptable for any teacher to be punished financially or otherwise as a result of unreliable, flawed statistical estimates that can vary years after a student was in that teacher’s classroom.”

Sign the Petition to Ask Gov. Haslam to Support the Educator Respect and Accountability Act of 2014

TEA has made great strides in the Tennessee Legislature, gaining an amazing number of supporters for the Educator Respect and Accountability Act to prevent tying teaching licenses to standardized test scores.

While 80 of the 99 representatives in the General Assembly have signed as co-sponsors of the bill, we want to make sure that everyone is on board, including Governor Bill Haslam.

Op-ed: Keep qualified, committed educators in Tennessee classrooms

The following op-ed was submitted to newspapers statewide.

Keep qualified, committed educators in Tennessee classrooms
By Gera Summerford, TEA president

As an experienced teacher in Tennessee, I’d like to set the record straight on the use of student test scores in teacher licensure.

TEA to Host Five Rally Days on the Hill

Join educators from across the state and take part in the 2014 TEA Rally Days on the Hill. Last year’s events drew great crowds and were a huge success. We hope to have even more members take part in the 2014 Rally Days. This year's events are scheduled for March 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 15 – all on Tuesdays. Each Rally Day will begin that morning with a short legislative briefing at TEA. Members will then ride a shuttle to the Legislative Plaza to attend committee meetings and meet with legislators. TEA will provide shuttle transportation back to TEA after your legislative visit. 

TEA Successful in Effort to Reverse State Board Action to Tie TVAAS to Licensure

The State Board of Education voted this morning, Friday, Jan. 31, to rescind the portion of the licensure policy that would use TVAAS as a factor in license renewal and advancement. The vote only applies to the portion of the policy related to the use of TVAAS. It does not affect the entire policy the board voted on in August of last year. The vote to rescind the use of TVAAS came after TEA President Gera Summerford and General Counsel Rick Colbert shared the association’s “The Trouble with TVAAS” presentation.