Knowing that relationships are at the heart of teaching, our schools are committed to giving our students ample learning opportunities within engaging, relevant, and rigorous instructional environments, helping them develop a competitive edge as they grow toward the complex, changing world of college and post-secondary training, work and careers, and life. It is our goal to provide the region's most exceptional experience to students and families seeking a high quality public education.
Common Core State Standards
Alcoa City Schools is making the change to Common Core standards for 2013-14. Many Common Core assignments and tasks will look different from the past. Students will read complex texts. They must analyze them and use them as evidence for thinking, problem solving, and writing. Students will be expected to explain their mathematical thinking in multiple ways, demonstrating that they undertsand the math concepts that lie behind the right answers. Just "getting the right answer" is not enough. Students must know how the math works. In Science, Social Studies, Career & Technical programs, and other subjects, students will need to apply analytical and problem solving skills, applying the new math and literacy skills they are developing.
The support of parents and our community is essential for the success of our students during this change. Many of the websites listed below are helpful for teachers as well as families. Some may also wish to see the "Parents and Community" section of our home page for links to helpful resources.
Our schools currently use a blend of the Tennessee Diploma Project Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Alcoa, and all schools in Tennessee, are transitioning to the Common Core State Standards to underlie instructional activity. The Common Core State Standards will be fully operational in the fall of 2013. The Alcoa City Schools is committed to not only the scope and sequence of these new standards, but also to the twenty-first century college and and career readiness teaching and learning behaviors that accompany these standards.
TNCore(TNCore is THE go to source from the Tennessee Department of Education for implementation information.)
Alcoa has implemented a state approved, alternative teacher evaluation system called TIGER (Teacher Instructional Growth for Effectiveness and Results). TEAM is the name of the state's evaluation model. The Alcoa City Schools do not use the TEAM model, but we do utilize some of the TEAM resources.
TIGER(Our teacher evaluation model's information site)