FSSD 1 of 14 Exemplary Districts Celebrated by State

Late Friday afternoon, districts across the state waited anxiously for the Tennessee Board of Education to ratify the Department of Education’s accountability results, which places schools and school districts in several distinct categories. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the 2018 District Designations as well as the Reward and Priority schools, which are two key designations under Tennessee’s school accountability system. There are 147 school districts across the state. The FSSD is one of only 14 districts to be named Exemplary. The good news didn’t stop there, though. Five of the eight FSSD schools were named Reward Schools, another top designation. “We were very excited and extremely proud of the Accountability Results released Friday. Being an Exemplary district and having 62% of our schools designated as Reward Schools are noted accomplishments,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. This was the first year Tennessee implemented its new school accountability model, which looks at multiple measures of success based mainly on the results of the TNReady tests given to students in grade 3-12 each spring. According to the Department of Education’s website, districts designated as exemplary are generally exceeding expectations on average for both all students and each historically underserved student group. “All of these positive results are due to the work of our passionate, dedicated and talented teachers, the hard work by our students and the support of parents, school and district leaders and the School Board,” Snowden...

FSSD Represented on Governor’s TNReady Panel – Online Feedback Requested

On September 4, several Franklin Special School District teachers and administrators were able to participate in a roundtable discussion, along with other educators from across the region, with Governor Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen about the difficulties of the 2018 administration of TNReady testing.  The Governor plans to take the feedback from the six events held across the state, as well as from an online form available to anyone who wants to provide input, and formulate a report by the end of September. The input will guide the discussion on TNReady assessment timelines, vendor selection, and the meaningful communication of the value of assessment results. The listening tour panels consisted only of educators; however, the state welcomes input from all teachers, staff, parents, and community members. If you would like to provide your input through the online engagement process, please go to www.tn.gov/governor/contact-us/listening-tour-feedback.html Hosted at Freedom Middle School, Governor Haslam and Commissioner McQueen listened as teachers, principals and testing administrators shared their experiences and frustrations regarding last year’s testing process. Feedback from around the region included concerns over lack of computers for testing, online testing failures and delayed test results. “Governor Haslam and Dr. McQueen were very receptive to each person’s input,” said FSSD Student Performance Supervisor Dr. Kay Boan, who was an invited member of the panel. The discussion was led by Wayne Miller, former executive director of Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), who is serving as a consultant to the state on this project. Boan said the preponderance of concerns was for online delivery, particularly in schools without 1:1 technology, and for high school...

FSSD’s Commitment to Excellence Evident in 2018 TNReady Results

The release of TNReady results August 16 demonstrates Franklin Special School District’s continued commitment to maintaining high levels of achievement and growth. “We are very proud of the district’s results,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “The FSSD continues to be one of the top performing school districts in the state. We are proud of the work of our teachers and students that places us again in the top 10 districts in all grade bands (3-5 and 6-8)  and all tested subjects.” The FSSD is one of only five school districts state-wide to hold this distinction. Snowden said the district is pleased with increased proficiency and growth in ELA/Literacy as this has been a focus for improvement in recent years. The district brought its ELA/Literacy growth score up from a 1 to a 5 this year. Another highlight the district is celebrating is the increase in growth in Science (from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018). The FSSD’s overall composite, which includes ELA/Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies, also improved from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018. Other district achievements include: Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in ELA/Literacy. Of particular note was the growth of 5th-graders with 14% more students proficient in 2018 and 3rd grade with 9% more students proficient in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 fell slightly in Math. Fifth-graders again showed strong performance with 5% more students scoring at the proficient level in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in Science. Fifth-graders continued to shine with 6% more students proficient in 2018....

All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

Free Immunization Clinic Offered July 30-Aug. 10

The Williamson County Health Department, located at 1324 West Main Street in Franklin, is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 30-August 10 with no appointment necessary.  The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 am and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Also, this year the Williamson County Health Department has an online option for immunization forms. Families new to Tennessee no longer have to sit and wait at the Health Department for forms to be completed. They can simply fill in the online form and attach their records and the Health Department will be able to email their new TN Immunization Records to start school.  7th GRADE STUDENTSAll students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster. While many students may have already received this vaccine as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have this documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. Students new to FSSD will need all required vaccines documented on this form and proof of a physical exam to enroll.  These forms are available from your child’s physician or from the Williamson County Health Department.  The forms should be submitted prior to the first day of class to the school your child will attend for 7th grade.  It is recommended that you contact your child’s physician in the immediate future to obtain the needed vaccines and updated immunization form.  Area physicians are typically very busy in late July and early August and it may be more difficult to obtain the immunization and form prior to the first school day.  Students will not...