FIRST THING: DICKSON COUNTY SCHOOLS TO TEST STUDENTS ON LEARNING RETAINED AND LOST DURING EXTENDED SHUTDOWN
By Dave Barkholz
A first order of business for Dickson County Schools when students return August 3rd will be to assess how much learning they’ve retained and who has deficits amplified by the extended school shutdown.
The district will use a new assessment tool being developed by the State of Tennessee to gauge what standards students have mastered and where they need work, said Mary Collins, new Federal Programs Director for Dickson County Schools.
All students will be assessed shortly upon return to school. The district has 8,300 students at 16 schools.
Collins said there’s typically a falloff in retention over the summer break.
That could be worse this year because the district only got through three-quarters of the school year before having to shut down in early March due to the coronavirus.
“Most students have what we call a summer slide,” Collins said. “Since our summer really started back in March, we’re expecting a large summer slide.”
“But what we’re going to do for those students in order to help them catch up has been my biggest priority.”