Upcoming Testing Information
TCAP has been the state’s testing program since 1988, and it includes TNReady state assessments in math, English language arts, social studies, and science. As the state has transitioned to higher academic standards over the past several years, and will continue to do so, those tests have become better aligned to what educators are teaching. The assessments now include more rigorous questions that measure students’ writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Moving forward, Tennessee will phase in online testing over multiple years to ensure state, district, and vendor technology readiness. For the 2016-17 school year, the state assessment for grades 3–8 will be administered via paper and pencil.
NEW MASTER SCHEDULE
A new master schedule was created for this school year. Students will still have their core classes: English Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies.
Students will now have two related arts per day. Performing arts students will have class every day. No more A/B day.
HAWKS TIME & TEAM TIME
There now are two outside activity times at ITIS per day. Team time, a 25-minute activity time, remains the same.
This year we are adding HAWKS time, which is an additional 20-minute block of time for students to go outside. HAWKS is an acronym for Healthy Activities Where Kids Smile.
HAWKS time will be four days a week. On the fifth day, teachers will be holding team meetings and class meetings. Our goal is to build community and relationships, resolve conflict, create organization and structure as well as recognize outstanding student behavior.
Parent communication is an area we want to improve this year. Our teachers are committed to improving consistency from hallway to hallway in the types of communications we utilize. Our leadership team addressed those challenges by creating the following guidelines for our school:
- Weekly emails from the team to parents
- Teachers will enter student grades in PowerSchool weekly
- Wednesday folders will be used for sending information home to parents
- Trackers will be emphasized and utilized this school year