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.


GNTC Qualifies 17 For National Skills Competition

After placing just one team in the 2016 National SkillsUSA competition last June, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has made huge strides in one year’s time. After grabbing eight gold medals this past weekend at the Georgia SkillsUSA competition and conference in Atlanta, Georgia, GNTC has 17 students who have now qualified for a chance at being called “The Nation’s ... (click for more)

GNTC’s Stephen Andersen Advocates For Student Aid In Washington D.C.

Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C. During his visit, Mr. Andersen and other members of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) visited Capitol ... (click for more)

State Says "Beef" Between 2 Bloods Gangs Started Over A Female And Led Eventually To Shootings At College Hill Courts

The state presented testimony on Monday about a feud between two Bloods gangs that allegedly eventually led to a 16-year-old shooting up a unit at College Hill Courts - killing one woman, injuring another, leaving a child paralyzed and injuring a member of the other Bloods gang. A city police gang expert said the bitter rift between the Athens Park Bloods based on the Southside ... (click for more)

Walker County To Raise Water, Sewer Rates To Improve Aging Infrastructure

 The board of directors for the Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) has granted approval for the utility to move forward with a base rate increase to address aging infrastructure concerns.   Starting this summer, WCWSA will begin replacing older galvanized pipe. These older water mains will be upgraded from two-inch galvanized pipe to six-inch high-pressure ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)