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Students in lower grades to be tested in Carter

October 11th, 2011 9:17 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County School System will probably begin end-ofyear testing this year for elementary students in lower grades.

In a school board workshop session Monday, Jerri Beth Nave, federal projects and testing director, said the state still does not mandate testing for students in kindergarten, first and second grades, but the state will provide funding for testing second-grade students this year.

Board member Don Julian was in favor of the testing. He said the results will be helpful in “making sure the students are getting what they need.”

“All you are doing is gathering data and if you are gathering data, you can’t go wrong,” board member Jerry McMahan said.

Nave said the additional testing will also mean that third-grade teachers will have value-added scores included on their evaluations instead of having to rely on school-wide scores.

Nave said that while the state does not currently require the testing of second-graders, the fact that funding is being made available is an indication the state is heading in the direction of testing lower grades.

Testing for lower grades was formerly done with a Stanford test, but the results did not fit with the curriculum the students were under at the time. The students are now under the common core curriculum, which does mesh with the Stanford test.

In other matters, Joel Street, chairman of the Landfill Committee of the County Commission, asked the board to support the county’s new recycling effort. Street said the recycling program in the schools will begin with recycling cardboard and paper.

Maintenance Supervisor Phil Nave gave a status report on the capital projects being funded with the half-cent sales tax revenue. He said the bathroom renovations at Happy Valley, Hunter, Keenburg and Little Milligan elementary schools are complete. He said window renovations at Happy Valley High School should be complete Nov. 15 and the window renovations at Hampton High School should be complete Nov. 23. The windows for Little Milligan will be installed during Christmas break. The parking lot paving at Cloudland High School should start this week.

The low bid on the elevator for the Administration Building was $323,000 by Armstrong Construction of Kingsport. The bid was $15,000 lower than the next-lowest bid.

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