Knox County school board names new chair, vice chair; postpones testing waiver vote

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Board of Education selected a new chair and vice chair during a meeting Wednesday. Patti Bounds was named board chair and Amber Rountree was selected as vice chair.

Testing was also on the agenda at the meeting. The state’s TNReady testing program fell apart in the spring. Knox County received a waiver on those scores since, in many cases, the tests didn’t arrive at school. While the state has a new testing company, some Knox County School Board members are asking for next year’s test to not count for student grades or teacher evaluations.

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“It is a new vendor, but it’s not a new vendor in the testing world. It’s only a new vendor in Tennessee. Questar administered the test in New York and Mississippi. Yes there were a few glitches, but by and large it was a very successful assessment,” said interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas.

The discussion was postponed until November and board member Gloria Deathridge asked for the item to be taken to the teacher’s advisory committee at their next meeting on October 20.

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