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Tennessee earns federal approval in requirements


NASHVILLE — Tennessee recently became the third state in the nation to receive full approval of the standards and assessment component in meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act. All of the tests currently used in Tennessee to determine adequate yearly progress of students passed a rigorous review process by the federal government. Tennessee is the only state so far to receive full approval without any recommendations for changes to the assessment process.

“I commend the work of our state’s educators in meeting the requirements of this complex federal law,” Gov. Phil Bredesen said. “This is an important milestone in meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind standards, but more importantly it signals continued improvement in our schools.”

The review approval indicates that Tennessee’s assessments correlate directly with the learning standards prescribed for each grade and subject area tested.

Standards-based instruction requires students to be tested on specific learning standards they are supposed to have achieved during a given course and year in school.

Education Commissioner Lana Seivers was notified April 24 that Tennessee had passed the review process conducted by a peer review team independent of the U.S. Department of Education.

“If our students are to travel the road to success, it is our job as educators to provide the roadmap to get them there,” Seivers said. “The approval of this independent review committee reaffirms that in Tennessee we are on the right track.”

Tennessee’s comprehensive system includes standards for reading/language arts, math and science for grades 3-10, as well as alternative standards and assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

Only South Carolina and Delaware received approval before Tennessee.

However, neither state received unqualified approval- both were given recommendations for improvements.

 

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