Knox Co. BOE votes against TCAP teacher evaluations

Nov. 2, 2016: The Knox County Board of Education approved a non-binding resolution asking that standardized testing data not be used for teacher evaluations in the 2016-2017 school year.

The Knox County Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday opposing using TCAP data for teacher evaluations and student grades for the 2016-2017 school year.

The vote was 6-3, with members Lynne Fugate, Gloria Deathridge and Mike McMillan voting no. 

Vice Chair Amber Rountree proposed the resolution after the state's announcement of signing a contract with new testing vendor Questar. After problems with last year's tests, and contract termination with TN Ready, some board members were worried this test needs evaluation and does not align with Tennessee education standards.

"When I came into this meeting tonight, I had no idea how that vote would turn out," board chair Patti Bounds said following the meeting.

"There were a lot of comments the other night... It was a hard decision for all board members, but in the end, the vote was 6-3 ... A lot of discussion around it, and a lot of passionate people speaking about it," she said.

The board also approved a motion to allow Bounds to appoint three board members to a superintendent search committee.

"The search committee would look through all of the applicants and then hopefully they will narrow it down," said Bounds. "There will be lots of opportunities for the public to view these candidates as well."

Bounds said she plans to announced the superintendent search committee members by Friday.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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