TCAP – Haywood students top state list
Haywood County Schools Superintendent Russell told school board members Tuesday that scores from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) included good news about Haywood County’s students.
Data from the state reports that in science TCAP proficiency rate growth over the last year for Haywood County students in Grades 3-8 showed the highest growth in Tennessee. In math and social studies, Haywood County students ranked fourth from the top in growth in each category.
Russell also announced that after attending the 2014 Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy in June in Nashville, two HHS teachers received grants for projects for their students. Math teacher Zandra Jones received $850 for Rocket Lab packs and Launch Pads. Science teacher John Cunningham received $600 to purchase a projector and accessories.
New literacy initiative
A new literacy initiative the superintendent is promoting will focus on reading. Each of the schools has developed literacy projects and themes to encourage students to increase their reading skills.
Board members also approved two teachers for tenure, based on the new state criteria. Morris Long, now the assistant principal at Haywood Middle School, and Tenesha Walker, also a teacher at HMS. Teachers now have a five-year probationary period and must receive a four or five on their evaluation.