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Shelby County tests new way to measure kindergarten teachers' skills

Reader Comment: This represents the latest effort to rationalize the collection video information on students and teachers, which will be stored on a cloud server with no guarantee of security or how the images will be used. The last time this happened was an unannounced program funded by Gates to put video surveillance cameras in dozens of schools systems across the state. See link to multi-part series at Schools Matter: Part 4: Classroom Video Camera Project Where The Cameras Are in Over 120 TN Schools

by Jane Roberts

Starting in the fall, kindergarten teachers in 26 Shelby County Schools will upload digital evidence of their work -- samples of student reading and math assignments, even photos they snap on their phones -- to prove the kind of learning going on in their classrooms.

A year from now, if the state board of education signs off on the test, kindergarten teachers in every SCS school -- and likely others around the state -- will use portfolios of student work for the 35 percent of their annual performance review that is tied to test scores. . . .

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