Obion County Board of Education
January 10, 2011

Agenda Item: VII.

Consider/Approve Amendment to Board Policy #4.700 – Testing Programs


Background Information:

The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) has recommended a change to Board Policy #4.700 – Testing Programs, and this change reflects the latest legislative action. The Board’s current policy is included for your reference. Public Chapter 1127 provides, "each local board of education shall develop a policy by which student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program's grades three through eight (3-8) achievement tests shall comprise a percentage of the student's final grade for the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies. The percentage shall be determined by the local board from a range of no less than fifteen percent (15%) and no more than twenty-five (25%)." Since the percentages only apply to the “spring semester,” the percentages on an annual basis equate to seven and one-half percent (7½%) to twelve and one-half percent (12½%). By law, these percentages are to be used for the spring semester of 2011.

At the Board meeting held November 1, 2010, the Board approved, on first reading, an amendment to Board Policy #4.700 that will phase-in the percentage of students’ TCAP grades used to calculate the final grades for the spring semester. The change to the policy is the addition beginning on line 34. For Obion County, this sentence should read “Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program’s grades three through eight (3-8) achievement tests shall comprise fifteen percent (15%) for the 2010 – 2011 school year, twenty percent (20%) for the 2011 – 2012 school year, and twenty-five percent (25%) for the 2012 – 2013 school year and thereafter, of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies.”

Staff Recommendation:

I recommend approval of the above-noted amendment to Board Policy #4.700 on second and final reading.