Wednesday Churn: TCAP time

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First results of Colorado’s new state tests, the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program or TCAP, are released at noon today with the posting of third-grade reading scores.

Students across the state took the new exams, shifting away from the familiar Colorado Student Assessment Program or CSAPs, this spring as the state begins the implementation and assessment of knowledge of new academic standards.

The new tests are designed to transition the state’s classrooms from the old set of academic standards to the new, with the TCAPs measuring standards common between the two sets. That means this year’s TCAP test results are comparable to prior years’ CSAP results for accountability purposes.

Results are embargoed until noon, when EdNews will publish our database allowing you to search for your school and district results. State Board of Education members are scheduled to receive their official briefing at 2:30 p.m.

A study released Tuesday by the state community college system has found the system’s 13 colleges contribute $3 billion a year to the state’s economy and the economies of college towns.

According to a news release, “This number represents the higher earnings that students earn, as a result of the education they receive from a community college and the increased output of businesses because of the highly trained workforce from the Colorado Community College System.”

The report also estimates the added earnings community college graduates will experience because of their degrees or certificates, calculating an 11 percent rate of return on the dollars spent on education.

The study was done by the consulting firm of Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. Get more information here.

What’s on tap:

It’s the final day of the 2012 regular legislative session.

The State Board of Education meets at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave. Among agenda items are release of the 2012 third grade TCAP reading scores. Agenda

The St. Vrain Valley board is scheduled to meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway in Longmont.

A good read from elsewhere:

Stein to Roaring Fork: Rob Stein, former principal of Manual High School and headmaster of Graland County Day School, has been named superintendent of the Roaring Fork district in Glenwood Springs. See this story from the Post-Independent.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at

What's Your Education Story?

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

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Sarah TeKolste, right, and Lori Jenkins at a Teacher Story Slam, in April.

In partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy, Chalkbeat is hosting another teacher story slam this fall featuring educators from across the city.

Over the past couple of years, Chalkbeat has brought readers personal stories from teachers and students through the events. Some of our favorites touched on how a teacher won the trust of her most skeptical student, why another teacher decided to come out to his students, and one educator’s call to ramp up the number of students pursuing a college education.

The event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, is free and open to the public — please RSVP here.

Event details:

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Get tickets here and find more on Facebook

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School safety

Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences

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Tennessee’s largest district, Shelby County Schools, is slated to add more school resource officers under the proposed budget for next school year.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson earmarked $2 million to hire 30 school resource officers in addition to the 98 already in some of its 150-plus schools. The school board is scheduled to vote on the budget Tuesday.

But an increase in law enforcement officers could have unintended consequences.

A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently reminded school personnel they are not obligated to release student information regarding immigration status. School resource officers employed by police or sheriff’s departments, however, do not answer to school districts. Shelby County Schools is still reviewing the law, but school board members have previously gone on the record emphasizing their commitment to protecting undocumented students.

“Right now we are just trying to get a better understanding of the law and the impact that it may have,” said Natalia Powers, a district spokeswoman.

Also, incidents of excessive force and racial bias toward black students have cropped up in recent years. Two white Memphis officers were fired in 2013 after hitting a black student and wrestling her to the ground because she was “yelling and cussing” on school grounds. And mothers of four elementary school students recently filed a lawsuit against a Murfreesboro officer who arrested them at school in 2016 for failing to break up a fight that occurred off-campus.

Just how common those incidents are in Memphis is unclear. In response to Chalkbeat’s query for the number and type of complaints in the last two school years, Shelby County Schools said it “does not have any documents responsive to this request.”

Currently, 38 school resource officers are sheriff’s deputies, and the rest are security officers hired by Shelby County Schools. The officers respond and work to prevent criminal activity in all high schools and middle schools, Hopson said. The 30 additional officers would augment staffing at some schools and for the first time, branch out to some elementary schools. Hopson said those decisions will be based on crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods and school incidents.

Hopson’s initial recommendation for more school resource officers was in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sparked a wave of student activism on school safety, including in Memphis.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent $30 million budget boost would allow school districts across Tennessee to hire more law enforcement officers or improve building security. Measures to arm some teachers with guns or outlaw certain types of guns have fallen flat.

For more on the role and history of school resource officers in Tennessee, read our five things to know.

Sheriff’s deputies and district security officers meet weekly, said Capt. Dallas Lavergne of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. When the Memphis Police Department pulled their officers out of school buildings following the merger of city and county school systems, the county Sheriff’s Office replaced them with deputies.

All deputy recruits go through school resource officer training, and those who are assigned to schools get additional annual training. In a 2013 review of police academies across the nation, Tennessee was cited as the only state that had specific training for officers deployed to schools.