NEW KNOXVILLE — Members of the New Knoxville Board of Education discussed the recently released state report cards during their regular meeting, Sept. 26 and conducted interviews in executive session during a special meeting Oct. 5.
Superintendent Kim Waterman reported Sept. 26 that there were several line items on the report card for which the New Knoxville system did not have enough students to report the aggregate results. Because it is the results of all areas which contribute to the final grade, the lines that had not aggregate results were counted as zero points. That’s what informed the F grade that was given to the district.
It was noted that for the New Knoxville district, the data was not valid and the results have been misinterpreted. Waterman said a rally is planned for Nov. 15 during the OSBA Capital Conference. One topic to be addressed then is the state’s lag in implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which lifts restrictions on school districts.
Board member Ryan Miltner noted that the district couldn’t go from an Excellent rating, which it earned for several years, to a failing rating in one year.
“The legislature and State Board of Education have broken this system and it is incumbent upon them to fix it. We, as a district, will do everything we can to adjust, but we will not be changing the way we educate our student,” Miltner said. He added that the district has met mbetter than three-quarters of the report card targest and the other one-quarter is close to being met.
In other business, the board:
• Conducted interviews for the position of treasurer during the executive session of a special meeting, Oct. 5.
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