Thursday, November 07, 2013

Great News Today

Great news for sure and hope the State of Tennessee rewards our teachers for their hard work!

TENNESSEE STUDENTS THE FASTEST IMPROVING IN THE NATIONHaslam announces 2013 results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress

MOUNT JULIET – Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee had the largest academic growth on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) of any state, making Tennessee the fastest improving state in the nation.

The NAEP results also show that Tennessee had the largest growth of any state in a single testing cycle since NAEP started nationwide assessments a decade ago.

“These historic gains are a result of years of hard work by a lot of people across Tennessee: our teachers, students, principals, superintendents, parents, lawmakers, school board members, business leaders, and many others,” Haslam said.  “As a state we’ve come together to make education a top priority.”

The governor was joined for the announcement by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, Wilson County Director of Schools Timothy Setterlund, Cicely Woodard, an eighth-grade math teacher at Rose Park Magnet Middle School in Nashville, state legislators, business and community leaders, and students, faculty and staff of West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet where the event was held.

Commonly known as “the nation’s report card,” NAEP assesses students in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math. All 50 states have taken NAEP since 2003, and the results are regarded across the country as the best way to compare educational outcomes across states.  Tennessee students’ combined growth on all four tests in 2013 exceeded the growth of all other states.  For data on Tennessee’s NAEP results, visit:

The state improved in overall national ranking in each of the four tests.  For fourth-grade students, Tennessee went from 46th in the nation in math to 37th and from 41st to 31st in reading.  Tennessee also had very strong growth for African-American students, and the state saw gains in overall results while significantly increasing the participation of special education students on the test.

“This administration’s goal has been to be the fastest improving state in the nation by 2015,” Huffman said.  “We’ve asked a lot of our teachers and students, and they have delivered; they deserve the thanks for this progress.  Dramatically improving results for kids is hard work, but this is what hard work can do.”

Tennessee has also seen three years of continuous growth on its state assessments, also known as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).  Since 2010, 91,000 more students are on grade level in math, and 52,000 more students are on grade level in science.

For more information, contact state Department of Education communications director Kelli Gauthier at (615) 532-7817 or For the .pdf press release, click here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Strategic Plan Development Insight Session- Karns High School - Monday October 21st 6:00PM

I hope you can come out and give your thoughts and feedback to Dr. McIntyre regarding the next strategic plan and vision for Knox County Schools.    Details below:

The Knox County Schools has scheduled a series of “Insight Sessions” to allow the public an opportunity to provide input into the strategic planning process.  Over the next several weeks, the Knox County Schools will proactively reach out to stakeholders to specifically ask:
1.    What’s good?  How has the school district performed during the past five years, since the inception of the first strategic plan? Where were improvements made?
2.    What’s not?  Are there continual challenges or lack of progress in certain areas?
3.    What’s next?  What should the Knox County Schools focus and prioritize on in the next five years?

Child care and light refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Additionally, the Knox County Schools has devised ways to keep stakeholders informed about the strategic planning process – “follow” on Twitter at @knoxschools2020 or stay updated on the web at  You may also email your thoughts and reflections to

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Results from the 2014-2015 Calendar Survey
The results are in and 901 people clicked on my Survey Monkey link.  The survey results are below and the data show a strong preference for the specific day (Election Day) you think KCS staff and students should attend school.  Thank you for participating in my survey and this data will be used when I cast my vote on the school calendar. Note - this survey was open to anyone with access to the link and not just residents of the 6th District.
Q1 Which day would you prefer Knox County Schools be open for staff and students?
Answered 898       Skipped 3

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1/2 day  -                                                 25.06%      225 responses
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Election Day- 1/2 day -                 20.04%   180 responses
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Election Day - Full day -              38.86%   349 responses
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Day before Thanksgiving - 1/2 day -       6.79%   61 responses
Monday, January 5, 2015- Currently designated as student holiday and work day for KCS Staff- If chosen, staff will have to report on January 2nd -           9.24%    83 responses

Q2 Do you have a child attending Knox County Schools?
Answered 895       Skipped 6
YES - 60.22%   539 responses
NO - 39.78%     356 responses

Q3 Are you an employee of the Knox County Schools?
Answered 893       Skipped 8
YES - 60.47%   540 responses
NO - 39.53%     353 responses 


Friday, June 07, 2013

2014-2015 KCS School Calendar -Survey

The Knox County School Board postponed the vote relating to the school calendar for 2014-2015.  The new mandate from the State of Tennessee requires 180 days of school.  We are trying to set the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year but we need to add one more day of school.  We really do not have good options so I am asking for your input.  I will keep the survey open until June 24th so everyone has a chance to cast their vote.  Once I close the survey I will share the results with you.

I have created a SurveyMonkey poll for all Knox County Schools parents, staff and students - Here is your chance to give the School Board input on the 2014-2015 calendar. This is a quick survey that I designed and want your input. If you do not vote then you cannot complain!

Thanks for the input!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Knox County Board of Education / Knox County Commission Retreat
Board members and Commissioners spent Friday evening and most of the day Saturday identifying ways to work better together. The retreat was utilized to allow members from both elected bodies to build relationships, understand the roles and responsibilities of each elected body, agree on goals and identify more productive ways to communicate between the two elected bodies.
My take on the retreat - I believe the retreat was a huge success on many fronts and open lines of communication have been established. This is the first time both elected bodies have ever met together in this type of setting, (both elected bodies were involved in a lawsuit back in 2001-2003 and this was not productive for the people of Knox County). Back in September 2011, when I took on the role as Chairman of the Knox County Board of Education, I noted that I wanted better communication and relationships between the School Board and County Commission. I believe this weekend's retreat is one big step toward this goal.
I want to thank Commission Chairman, Mike Hammond, for his leadership and his work in co-chairing the retreat. I also thank all Commissioners and School Board members for their willingness to attend, participate and make the retreat a success!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Kindergarten Round-Up April 5, 2011 School Amherst 3:30-6:00 Ball Camp 3:00-6:00 Farragut Primary 3:30-5:30 Hardin Valley 3:00-6:00

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Student Transfer - Dates
Student transfer window is February 7 - 21
The Knox County Schools general transfer window for the 2011-12 school year will be open February 7, 12:00 AM – February 21st, 11:59 PM. The transfer department will be accepting transfer requests for students seeking transfer (to a school other than their zoned school) for the 2011-2012 school year.

General Transfer Window Announced for 2011-12 school year
The Knox County Schools general transfer window for the 2011-12 school year will be open February 7, 12:00 AM – February 21st, 11:59 PM. The transfer department will be accepting transfer requests for students seeking transfer (to a school other than their zoned school) for the 2011-2012 school year.
Knox County Schools Transfer Department now uses a “lottery-style” process to determine transfer placements – this process increases equity of opportunity for all families in the transfer process. The lottery-style format eliminates the need to line up at schools early in the morning on the first day of the transfer window to receive a time-stamped transfer request.
In order provide increased convenience and be more family friendly, parents or legal guardians may now request a transfer online by logging into their Parent Portal account. Transfer applications in hard copy format are also available at all of the Knox County Schools, as well as the enrollment office located in the Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay Street, Room 103).
Parents or legal guardians will be afforded the opportunity to identify three schools to which they would like to request a transfer for their child. Every effort will be made, based on space available, to offer a transfer to one of the three identified schools.
Transfers may be requested for the following reasons: 1. by teachers to transfer their child to the school in which they teach2. by employees3. for entry into a Magnet School or to continue in the Magnet School feeder program4. for continuation in the Project GRAD program5. for pursuit of an academic course of study 6. for students who have a sibling presently enrolled at the requested school who will continue to be enrolled in the year the requested transfer is effective. A sibling is defined as a brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or foster child living in the same household.7. for students not meeting any of the above criteria
Seats available are determined based on the Knox County Schools budget allocation model that includes enrollment projections for all schools and grades. All previously granted transfers are good through the terminal grade of the school to which the transfer was granted and there is no need to re-apply. Official notification of the status of a transfer request will be made in hard copy format through the U.S. mail, and notification will be made no later than four weeks after the transfer window closes with the exception of requests for transfer for students who will be in Kindergarten.
Summer Transfer Period, June 1, 2011 12AM - June 8, 2011 11:59PM
The summer transfer window will open and parents/legal guardians of Kindergarten students, students new to Knox County, students who have had change in family circumstances such as custody or guardianship or students who moved their residence since February 20, 2011 may apply for a transfer June 1, 2011, 12:00 AM through June 8, 2011, 11:59 PM.
Proof of one of the above circumstances MUST be provided with the transfer application with the exception of kindergarten students. Proof can be lease agreement, closing statements for purchase of new home, court documents, and end of year report cards (private school). Parent(s) will need to print the child’s name and birth date on the proof being supplied and submit with their application by mail, email, in person or by faxing to (865) 594-1504.

There are three ways parents may apply for a transfer: NOTE: To apply online, click the links given below.
1. by internet (students currently in KCS), using parent portal
2. by NCR transfer application form available at 912 S. Gay St., Room 103
3. by downloading an application form on the internet and mailing it to: Supervisor of Enrollment, P. O. Box 2188, Knoxville, TN 37901

Out of county transfer requests will only be considered after all Knox County students have been processed.

Knox County Schools will use a “lottery-style” process to determine transfer placements.

Transfer requests under the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” will be accepted prior to the opening of school. School begins August 15, 2011 for one-half day.

For more information, log on to and access the Transfer Department web page or Board Policy JBCD.