Topic: Tennessee Department of Education
Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.
State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.
Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.
Tennessee Department of Education Suspends Grade 3-8 Testing Due to Vendor’s Inability to Deliver Materials
Statewide Assessment Contract Terminated
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the department will terminate its statewide testing contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately.
While high school testing will continue as planned, the state will suspend grade 3-8 testing during the 2015-16 school year due to Measurement Inc.’s inability to deliver all testing materials.
Montgomery County, TN – The Clarksville Montgomery School System is offering another opportunity for parents to apply for the CMCSS Pre-Kindergarten in May.
To be eligible, children must be 4 years old before or on August 15th, 2016 and reside in Montgomery County.
Tennessee Governor and First Lady Haslam host Sixth Annual Easter Egg Roll at the Tennessee Residence
Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Fannie Battle Day Home Students Participate in Annual Easter Event
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today welcomed more than 65 children from Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and Fannie Battle Day Home to the Tennessee Residence Great Lawn for the 6th annual Tennessee Residence Easter Egg Roll.
Keeping tradition alive, the day’s activities included a live performance from children’s musician Steve Lee, face painting, a bunny hop bounce house, and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
Pledge support to raising awareness on child hunger in Tennessee #NoTNChildHungryPledge
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter announced the launch of an awareness campaign calling attention to childhood hunger in Tennessee and urging Tennesseans to pledge support to help ensure no Tennessee child goes hungry.
In Tennessee, more than half a million children may go hungry each day. One in four Tennessee children faces the risk of hunger. This call to action is to generate awareness, prompt change, and help ensure that No Tennessee Child Goes Hungry.
Montgomery County, TN – Kindergarten Kickoffs for the elementary schools in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) runs through the months of April and May for enrollment in the 2016-17 school year.
Tennessee Veterans Property Tax Relief Bill Scheduled for the Local Government Sub-Committee on March 9th
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts
Care Alert bill and Say Dyslexia bills advance
Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.
“Tyler Head law” bill picks up support. House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield) the bill that will create the memorial sign program in honor and memory of innocent victims killed by drunk and/or impaired drivers, known as the Tyler Head Bill, passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is headed to Senate Floor for a vote.
It is also scheduled for the House Finance, Ways and Means Sub Committee on March 9th.
Tennessee Department of Education Launches Initiative to Nearly Double Reading Proficiency in Third Grade By 2025
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen joined Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today to kick off “Read to be Ready,” a statewide campaign focused on the critical value of reading.
Over the past several years, student performance on the English language arts TCAP has remained stagnant or declined. By the end of third grade, only 43 percent of students in Tennessee are reading on grade level.
Proposal gives teachers the choice to include 2015-16 TNReady results if scores benefit them
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced he would seek additional flexibility for teachers as the state continues its transition to the TNReady student assessment.
Under the proposal, teachers would have the choice to include or not to include student results from the 2015-2016 TNReady assessment in his or her evaluation score, which typically consists of multiple years of data.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Board of Education released The 2015 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs in Tennessee.
In recent years, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) facilitated the data collection, design, and publication of the report card.
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