Executive Summary

NTGS in Tennessee

Overview

Tennessee officials are working hard to develop assessments for teachers in the NTGS areas that are fair and comparable to the tested grades and subjects.  The effort in Tennessee also involved hundreds of teachers to design the best assessments possible. Read about Tennessee stakeholders' perspective in the engagement process here.

In fact, a Tennessee-based Hope Street Group Teacher Fellow, Dru Davison, led an effort to create an assessment using student portfolio work in the fine arts that Tennessee is piloting.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited the pilot as an example of how to involve teachers in reform efforts.  You can read a comprehensive summary of the fine arts pilot and how it was developed here.

How are policymakers approaching NTGS?

Tennessee formed 12 Educator Development Teams that included teachers to develop and recommend ideas and possibilities for fair and comparable assessments.  Depending on area of expertise, each team was assigned one NTGS area.  

What categories of NTGS are the educator teams tackling?

Tennessee has 12 categories of educators in untested subjects and grades:

  • Career Technical Education
  • Caseloads (social workers, counselors, psychologists, etc.)
  • Computer Technology
  • English Language Learner Specialists
  • Fine arts
  • High School Courses in English, Math, Science and Social Studies without State Tests
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Physical Education/Health Education/Wellness
  • Pre-kindergarten – Grade 3
  • Special Education Specialists
  • World Languages

Each working group made recommendations to the Teacher Evaluation Technical Advisory Group, which decided which recommendations to accept and pilot.

Status

The pilot programs are taking place now.  Tennessee policymakers are still considering many possibilities and plan to make final decisions on its assessments by July of 2012 for the next school year.

Links

Tennessee First to the Top

First to the Top NTGS Outline

The Federal Government and Teacher Evaluation

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