State PTA Lists Issues With State Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tennessee PTA officials said Wednesday they support legislative solutions that can be passed by the Tennessee General Assembly before this session ends to respond to the TNReady testing issues quickly.  

Tennessee PTA listed the following concerns about the recent TNReady tests:  

  • the inability for some students to submit answers and essays;  
  • the inability to submit tests in a timely manner;  
  • the electronic component of the recall test feature activated the next day has the potential for students to change answers;
  • typos on paper tests that may cause students to pick the wrong answers; and;
  • TVAAS scoring data for a three-year teacher evaluation based on this year’s test scores.

PTA officials said, "We believe these concerns justify invalidating all reporting for this school year on all TNReady test scores and invalidating TVAAS scoring to be included in teacher three-year testing evaluation.

 

"And more importantly, our youth have been subjected to online cyber-attacks and still enduring test anxiety for scores that will count for nothing.

"The Tennessee PTA believes in testing accountability, but the class time missed and the lack of new material not introduced during this time should be considered a deterrent to student achievement and to the social emotional well-being of students. We continue to support and educate parents to advocate for what their children need to be successful in school and in life."


Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates eWeek With Local Students

Lee’s School Of Religion Faculty Have Book Published

Lee Hosts Briggman For Lecture On Christology


In celebration of National Engineers Week, Volkswagen Chattanooga engineers visited several Volkswagen eLabs in schools across Hamilton County. Engineers shared their personal career journeys, ... (click for more)

Faculty members from the Christian Ministries Department of Lee’s School of Religion had their textbook, “Mission of the Church,” published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. The textbook is a collection ... (click for more)

Lee University’s School of Religion recently welcomed Dr. Anthony Briggman for his lecture, “A Misunderstood and Neglected Christology: Mixture.” In his lecture, Dr. Briggman offered explanations ... (click for more)


Student Scene

Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates eWeek With Local Students

In celebration of National Engineers Week, Volkswagen Chattanooga engineers visited several Volkswagen eLabs in schools across Hamilton County. Engineers shared their personal career journeys, spoke about the work they do and explained the many ways engineers contribute to the manufacturing process. Students in eighth to 12th grades presented projects they developed in Volkswagen ... (click for more)

Lee’s School Of Religion Faculty Have Book Published

Faculty members from the Christian Ministries Department of Lee’s School of Religion had their textbook, “Mission of the Church,” published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. The textbook is a collection of essays about a variety of topics related to the mission and purpose of today’s church. “After we restructured our curriculum around 10 years ago, professors and students weren’t ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Cash Canyon Road Closed As Section Of Remote, Narrow Road Washes Away

A section of the remote Cash Canyon Road that goes from Lookout Valley along the Tennessee River toward the Tennessee River Gorge washed out during Saturday's downpours. County Commissioner David Sharpe said County Public Works has a large excavator rented for Monday. He said, "They stated the time to repair would depend on if more damage is done tonight. If damage stays the ... (click for more)

Mudslide Washes Away Subway Restaurant At Foot Of Signal Mountain; Nearby Employee Says: "It's Gone"; Flooding Closes Numerous Roads

A mudslide on Saturday morning washed away the Subway restaurant at the foot of Signal Mountain. "The Subway is gone," an employee of the nearby Shuford's Barbeque, said. She said a large amount of mud and debris washed down from the steep hillside behind the buildings. No one was inside the Subway. It had closed on Friday after a tree fell on it. The location is ... (click for more)

Opinion

Robo Phone Calls Have Reached Epidemic Levels

Research tells us that scam telephone calls increased from 3.7 percent of total calls in 2017 to 29 percent in 2018. It is forecast that the number will strike 50 percent by the end of 2019. We were spammed with over 30 billion robo calls in 2017 costing the consumer roughly $350 million. Moreover, statics indicate in 2017 alone the FTC received approximately 375,000 complaints. ... (click for more)

Rep. Ron Travis: Weekly Wrap

House Republicans Unveil The CARE Plan Groundbreaking legislation to increase access, improve rural health and empower patients This week in Nashville, House Republican leaders unveiled a patient-centered, free market approach to transform healthcare in Tennessee by unveiling the CARE plan. This legislative package includes 11 different initiatives that will all reshape ... (click for more)