Education

Mid-South News
4:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State Says New Teacher Evaluations About More Than Grades

Kindergarten Teacher Ashley DeBerry and Performance Improvement Team member Tyler Salyer

 

On a recent Tuesday morning at Dexter Elementary School, kindergarten teacher Ashley DeBerry and Tyler Salyer sat down to talk. Salyer used to be a teacher, then he joined the Shelby County Schools Performance Improvement Team, or PIT Crew.

“You ready to get down to business?” he asked DeBerry.

This is DeBerry’s first year teaching and she’s getting a lot of help. A more senior teacher at Dexter Elementary mentors her, she collaborates with the other kindergarten teachers, and she checks in with Salyer regularly.

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tennessee’s Teachers About To Get Their Grades Under New Evaluation System

Alisa Bledsoe teaches a lesson at Highland Oaks Middle School.

When the evaluator walked into her classroom, Alisa Bledsoe was teaching her sixth grade science class about the difference between a food chain and a food web. 

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Mid-South News
12:06 am
Mon April 23, 2012

High Stakes Tests Begin For Memphis Students And Teachers

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash

 

Students across the state will sit down and take a set of state tests called the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP), starting this week, and for the first time their scores on those tests will factor into their teachers’ evaluations and their own second semester grades. 

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Mid-South News
2:24 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

New State-Run School District Is Facing An Old Problem

Pizza was served at a parent meeting at Westside Middle School.

 

Come August, the state will be calling the shots at Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary, and Westside Middle. The schools are the first to be announced in Tennessee’s Achievement School District. The achievement district was created as a part of the state’s application to get federal “Race to the Top” money and it is a state-run district for low performing schools.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

KIPP Memphis To Expand To Almost 10 Times Current Size

Andrea Criollo (right) teaches 6th grade reading at the KIPP DIAMOND Academy in Memphis.

 

The Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, is a national network of charter schools that have extended school days and a relentless focus on college. Currently, there are about 500 KIPP students in Memphis, but when the expansion is all done, in 2016, KIPP will have 4,500 students in every grade, kindergarten through 12. And 10 separate schools—five in North Memphis and five in South Memphis.

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