KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Board of Education voted on a resolution that stops TCAP data from being used in teacher evaluations and student grades for the 2016-2017 year. However, the waiver is only valid if approved by the Tennessee Board of Education. Wednesday night’s vote, according to board members, is a statement of Knox County’s stance on this issue.
“[We want] more emphasis can be placed on learning this year. On student learning, we still want students to achieve to the best of their ability and it will allow teachers time to focus on the curriculum…” said board member, Patti Bounds.
Bounds says most of the teachers she has spoken with are supportive of the resolution. Wednesday’s public forum showed just that. Parents, former teachers, and community members shared personal anecdotes to the benefits they believed a year waiver would allow.
“The next steps would just be that we would send the resolution to the appropriate people in Nashville to consider. It’s us going on the record as the governing body of Knox County Schools,” said Bounds.
The board hopes their vote will start a conversation with state legislature about the influence and stability of TCAP tests. Regardless of today’s vote, however, the TCAP will still be given, but members have hopes it will become more permanent.
Board member Lynn Fugate said, “Just because we send the resolution down there, doesn’t mean it’s not going to count.”