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Tennessee State Standards
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tennessee State Standards are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge to create the next generation of K-12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready no later than the end of high school. Tennessee's new standards are to be fully implemented by the year 2014-2015.

The standards 'Theme'- "Teaching must become an inch wide and a mile deep..." Actively seeking wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality tasks for student learning.

2012-2013 statewide Math, grades 3-8, incorporated Partial Implementation of these standards. Math teachers received training in the Instructional Shift associated with these standards and began to implement this in their classrooms.  Four Constructed Response Assessments (CRAs) were administered throughout the year to prepare students for the changing testing format.

Ocoee Middle School, 2012-2013, piloted aspects of the English/Language Arts new Standards to help us prepare for the future. E/LA teachers received training throughout the school year on implementation of the new Standards. Four Writing Practices following the new  format were administered school-wide this pilot year.

2013-2014 saw a complete shift to the new Tennessee State Standards--both in ELA and Math. Teachers were trained in the new state standards and the rigorous expectations required to implement them with fidelity.  Continous practice in deep thinking, thoughtful engagement & high-quality tasks continued. Writing was assessed online for all grades & implemented the writing of two essays.  Constructed Response Assessments in Math continued to ascertain student skill in applying not only math content but the Mathematical Processes as well. 

2014-2015 full implementation of all Tennessee State Standards is expected across the curriculum.  Refresher training was offered for teachers.  As this year progresses, new end of year testing is being determined.  Students will be assessed on Tennessee State Standards this year as previously tested.  Changes with the testing protocols will occur 2015-2016 school year.  Therefore, in order to be successful on the testing, both current & future, instructional practices will incorporate a blending of TCAP like questioning as well as open-ended, thought provoking, conceptual understanding questions which can only enhance student learning across all disciplines.

our mission

Tennessee State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.


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As Ocoee Middle School implements Tennessee State Standards, we will be asking our students to attempt to solve new problems by applying prior knowledge. Many times they may not easily arrive at a correct answer or solution because it requires combining new skills or knowledge with what they already know to answer the question correctly. In this way, students will gain the ability to apply their learning to real-world problem solving activities.

This instructional shift is designed to “teach our students to think deeply rather than just recite facts and/or solve using mathematical formulas.” A large component in this shift is for students to be able to articulate their thought processes in arriving at their solution. Therefore, your student may be asked to show his/her work in various forms such as step-by-step mathematical processes, verbal or written explanations, charts and graphs, pictures, graphic organizers, etc. Teachers may ask students to show their work in more than one way.

The testing of our students will begin to move from pure multiple choice responses to constructed response assessments. This means your student’s work and thought process will be evaluated; not simply whether or not they marked the correct response. This type of assessment allows for earning partial credit as students show the steps to solving the given task.

In order to prepare our students for these types of assessments, our teachers will be planning “performance-based tasks” with a high level of rigor and relevance. Students will be asked to try and figure out the solution/answer initially without help from the teacher. They will typically have private think time, group collaboration time, and full class discussion time. Students will learn from each other with the teacher noting where instructional gaps occur and then tailoring class instruction to close those gaps.

We realize this is a significant shift and it will take time for our students to become comfortable with this change. We at OMS are extremely excited about this change because we believe it will engage our students more fully and better prepare them for future education and/or employment. The goal of the Standards is College and Career Readiness. This Tennessee-wide shift also aligns us with nationwide educational initiatives.

Please encourage your student to “think outside the box” and persevere in looking for a solution or answer. Many times there is more than one way to solve a problem, whether it is a social issue, putting together a plan to win an athletic contest, or unraveling/explaining a mathematical scenario, or writing an argument essay to support a topic.

We value your support in the education of your student, and we look forward to continous achievement and growth each year.

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