WSCC hosts P-16 meeting

Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Educators from 10 counties learned how goal setting and the proper use of data could increase learning in the classroom at this week’s Mid-East Tennessee Regional P-16 Council meeting. The meeting was held at Walters State Community College and attended by more than 50 teachers, instructional coaches and administrators. Special guests included students enrolled in the college’s 2+2 program for education majors.

Barbara Williams and Allen Pratt, both from Battelle for Kids, spoke about using data to develop goals. Battelle for Kids is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with educators to improve educator effectiveness and the use of strategic measures.

“The presentation centered on SMART goals, goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely,” said Linda Roberts, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Walters State. “These goals are set using data gathered about student performance. Teachers can see exactly where to spend their time and how to meet the needs of individual students.”

Williams and Pratt cited a district goal of improving math scores as an example. At the school level, the goal might be to increase by 10 percent the number of students meeting or exceeding standardized testing goals. At the classroom level, the goal would be an 80 percent accuracy rates among students solving appropriate math problems.

For a student, a goal would be to solve problems with 90 percent accuracy or appropriate number.

Roberts explained that goals are first set on the district level, then a school level, a classroom level and a student level.

The information shared at the session aligns with the requirements of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, which will soon replace the current TCAP testing.

The Mid-East Tennessee P-16 Council’s next activity will be the Fifth Annual East Tennessee Literacy Conference on March 11. This event celebrates reading education and will feature speakers Carol Jago and Lester Laminack with a special performance by the Coffey Brothers.

Pre-registration runs through March 3 with a cost of $100. To register, contact Tammy Wells at (423) 585-6899 or

- From Staff Reports

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