Travis Sees Student Test Score Improvement In His District

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

State Representative Ron Travis (R–Dayton) announced this week that student performance on the 2013 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) test showed sustained growth and improvement in school districts across the state, including those in Rhea, Bledsoe, and Roane Counties.

In total, nearly 30 school districts saw double-digit gains in Algebra I, with some gaining more than 25 percentage points. Over 50 districts saw double-digit gains in Algebra II, with several reporting growth over 40 percentage points. The majority of statewide gains were seen in the important subjects of science, engineering, technology, and math.

“I am proud of our students, teachers, and administrators for their hard work in achieving these impressive gains," said Rep. Ron Travis. "As we work to improve educational standards across Tennessee, I am confident we will continue seeing even more great news like this in the future."

District-by-district TCAP results can be accessed on the Tennessee Department of Education website at http://tn.gov/education/tcap/index.shtml#district.

Rep. Travis is a member of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is serving his first term in the Tennessee General Assembly and represents District 31, which includes all of Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie and a portion of Roane Counties.


Dalton State’s Next Step Program Guides High School Seniors

Aided by a grant from the Workforce Investment Act, Dalton State College is working to bring together retired educators and high school seniors for the Next Step Program which provides area students with the opportunities to improve their math, reading, and English skills, explore career interests, develop work readiness skills, and transition to post-secondary options. The ... (click for more)

Alexander Lauds Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision In Michigan Case

Senator Lamar Alexander, the senior Republican on the Senate education committee and former U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Michigan ballot initiative banning affirmative action in admissions decisions at the state’s public colleges and universities: “Two important principles that ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)