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December 2011

WHAT'S HERE

State Report Card
State, district, and school-level information on demographics, achievement, and discipline

Austin-East Improvement
Austin-East is no longer facing imminent takeover by the state due to improvements in key areas

NCLB Waiver requested
The State of Tennessee has submitted a waiver application for certain NCLB requirements.

Collaborative Conferencing
Results of poll, next step for Collaborative Conference

APEX: A look at the Rubric
A detailed look at the teacher leadership rubric and the teacher performance incentive.

Redistricting Plan Approved
The Knox County Commission's new redistricting plan aligns School Board and Commission districts but displaces two School Board seats.

Getting Volunteers for your classroom
Knox County Schools new Volunteer Management System pairs your classroom needs with community volunteers online.

Aspiring to be a Principal?
The Leadership Academy is now taking applications for the third cohort. Deadline is January 17, 2012.

Online Forms routing equals faster approval times
A pilot project testing the efficiency of online forms for routing and approval is showing promise.

eWellness is your chance to get fit, eat healthy
Join Missy Kane in January's kickoff for eWellness 2012.

Check the Bulletin Board Daily
KCS's Employee Bulletin Board updates daily with submissions from employees and staff.

The InTRAnet: For your eyes only
Not logging into the INTRANET? You're missing information designed ONLY for KCS employees.


Behind the Scenes:
The Knox County Schools Warehouse operations quietly but efficiently provides daily supplies at a savings for the system.





Previous Editions of Benchmarks: October 2011
November 2011
State releases 2011 Report Card data
The Tennessee State Report Card includes state, district, and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline. The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992 established accountability standards for all public school in the state and required the Department of Education to produce a Report Card for the public each year. (Read More)
Austin-East no longer eligible for Achievement School District
The Knox County Schools has been informed by the Tennesee Achievement School District (ASDI) that based on its current accountability status, Austin-East Magnet High School is no longer facing imminent state takeover. The school has made significant improvement in several areas in the past few years. (More Details).
Tennessee submits NCLB waiver
The State of Tennessee has submitted a waiver application for certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, most commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The waiver is an effort to keep schools and districts focused on the ambitious, yet achievable goals of Tennessee's wining Race to the Top program. (Read More)
Collaborative Conferencing update: Special Question Poll Results
On June 1, 2011, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law the Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act (PECCA), effectively replacing collective bargaining with collaborative conferencing in the State of Tennessee. (Read More)
Spotlight on APEX :

What is the teacher leadership rubric

The teacher leadership rubric is organized by roles and responsibilities within each of four performance levels, including Sustainer, Promoter, Planner, and Supporter. This is a look at the Teacher Performance Incentive and the performance standards within the rubric. (Read More)
Knox County approves redistricting plan
On Nov. 10, 2011, the Knox County Commission approved new district boundaries for the County Commission itself and the Knox County Board of Education.  Redistricting is not rezoning.  For the first time, the district boundaries for both elected bodies fully align. (See Map of new District Boundaries).
Leadership Academy Now accepting applications
Talented educators who aspire to be principals in the Knox County Schools are encouraged to apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort between the Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. (Read more, download application)
Behind the scenes
Central Warehouse team saves money for system

Scott Whiting, Gary Jett, Bobby Russell, Bruce Sherrod, and Paul Jenkins may not be familiar names with many classroom teachers, but this quintet of KCS employees quietly plays a major role in the smooth operation of the system. They are the KCS Warehouse team. (Read More)
Community Volunteer site will pair classroom needs with volunteer talent
Getting volunteer assistance will be just a few clicks away. The Knox County Schools Volunteer Management System pairs classroom, school, and district needs with individuals and groups in a searchable database. Teachers and administrators will post their volunteer needs. Community members and groups can browse the database and then register online to fill the need. (Learn More, Add Volunteer Opportunity)
Online submission, approval of forms proving efficient
County Schools has been testing a new, online forms submission process for the last two months, and the results are promising. Using the SchoolStream application linked from the KCS Intranet, users fill out the appropriate form then select from a list of pull-down choices where the form needs to go for approval. The form is automatically routed to each level for approval. Turn around times for approval of field trips, for example, can be as short as same-day approval. (Read More)

Join Missy Kane for the 2012 FREE eWellness Program Kickoff in January
Coordinated School Health can improve your health and give you an opportunity to win prizes! Knox County School employees are invited to its FREE eWellness Program kickoff at the Sarah Simpson Center. Covenant Health Fitness Expert, Missy Kane will help present each session. (More Information at Coordinated School Health Site)
Don't wait for KCS news: The Bulletin Board posts daily
Don't miss out on great opportunities! Be sure to visit the Knox County Schools Bulletin Board on the KCS Intranet. The Bulletin Board is an electronic publication replacing  the former Administrative Bulletin. The Employee Bulletin Board is updated daily from submissions from staff throughout the system. Submissions are posted with 24-48 hours and remain on the Bulletin Board no longer than 1-2 weeks so that information is always fresh. (Visit Bulletin Board or Submit an Article).

InTERnet vs InTRAnet -  What you're missing

If you are only using the InTERnet (website) for your KCS news, you are missing out. To access the  KCS InTRAnet, click on the link "KCS Intranet" from the main site or from the "District" pull-down on any page.  You must enter your user-name and password to access the Intranet. The InTRAnet contains information provided only to you as a Knox County Schools staff member. Forgotten your password? Contact Julie Wolfenbarger at the help-desk.

KCS in the News:

KCS Officials pleased with state report card
Knox County Administrators celebrate Austin-East's improvement
Leadership Academy applications available for next class
Students work to put their teacher on the ballot
KCS Superintendent embraces social media

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