December 10th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

State mandates main focus of county schools workshop

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After Dr. Jerri Beth Nave, Carter County Schools federal projects and testing director, provided members of the Carter County Board of Education with in-depth figures on the 2013 Report Card recently released by the state at a workshop on Monday, she listed many state initiatives that school system employees are working toward understanding and implementing.

Photo by Danny Davis Director of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward listens to updates from staff members regarding state mandates.

Photo by Danny Davis
Director of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward listens to updates from staff members regarding state mandates.

Among those she named were: Common Core, TEAM (Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model) evaluations, RTI (Response to Intervention) guides, PARRC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers) assessments, differentiated pay and changes in student information licensing.

At the local level, Nave said initiatives like identifying professional learning communities for teachers and principals, increasing technology usage in kindergarten through second grade, and creating formative assessments for teachers to consistently gauge student learning, were implemented to ease the transitions taking place at the state level.

“What we are learning to do is to sustain multiple focuses,” Ward said.

In-depth discussion about one of the changes mentioned by Nave began with Special Education Director Dr. Carol Whaley.

She asked the board to consider a state-mandated salary change for which a decision is due back to the state by March. In July, she said the state mandated a differentiated pay scale.

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