School Board OKs Youth Basketball Deal

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Jr. Pro basketball has come to an end in Cannon County.

However, there is still youth basketball, and most of its games will now be played at Cannon County High School.

The Cannon County Board of Education gave its approval Thursday night to a proposal made by the Cannon County Youth Basketball to play games at CCHS and also to use the money raised from proceeds as a fundraiser for the boys and girls basketball teams at the high school.

CCYB league administrators are Matt Rigsby and Michael Dodgen, coaches of the boys and girls basketball teams, respectively, at CCHS, and Teddy Taylor and Greg Mitchell. Administrators are not compensated for duties performed during CCYB events.

All proceeds will be split 50/50 with boys and girls basketball at CCHS. Fund raised will go towards day to day operations (bus costs, kid's apparel, film equipment, uniforms, basketballs, TSSAA officials/due, floor resurfacing, etc.).

Revenue/expenses will very from year to year due to the number of kids that sign up. All money from the operation will be reported to the high school's bookkeeper.

The CCYB season begins Saturday and ends Feb. 12. Games will be played at the CCHS gym on the following Saturdays: Nov. 13, 20; Dec. 11 18; January 8 ,15, 22, 29; and February 5, 7, 8, 10 and 12.

Some games, and team practices, will still be held at Veteran's Memorial Gymnasium, which is also owned, operated and maintained by Cannon County Schools.

The agreement between the school board and the CCYB also stipulates that the fundraiser will be the only one of its kind in Cannon County schools, and the only fundraiser for the basketball teams.

• Also Thursday night, the school board approved a new TCAP Grade Percentage Policy.

A new law requires Boards of Education to adopt a policy setting the TCAP scores as a percentage of the student’s final grade for the Spring semester in several subjects.

In the new High School Transition Policy, the State Board stipulated that End-of-Course assessments and Gateway assessments be factored into the student’s grade.  The percentages were established that these assessments would count 20% of the second semester grade for the 2009-2010 and the 2010-2011 school years and 25% of the second semester grade in subsequent years.

In order to be consistent with the high school guidelines, the Cannon Co. Board of Education established a policy that reads:

“Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program’s grades 3-8 achievement tests shall comprise 20% of the student’s final grade for the Spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year in the subject areas of Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

This score will be adjusted to 25% of the student’s final grade for the Spring semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
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November 12, 2010 at 12:43pm
This is just crazy. So if a child does well in school, but doesn't test as well then it counts against them? Sorry but that stinks. I feel like my child is in the best school in the county, and she does very well in school thanks to her teachers. Of course, we study at home but not every child gets that! Some tests she may not do as well as others, but only because she may not really understand what the test question is asking. If she makes all A's now and doesn't do as well on this test it will still be factored in. Sorry, but that just isn't right. I don't really think a college is going to look at what a child done in the 3rd grade, but yes they will look at high school. So again why?
November 12, 2010 at 2:13pm
Good luck Jess on getting an answer to your why! Seems we parents are the underdogs and can't get an answer to anything anymore. I've been trying to get an answer about a situation at the high school for weeks now and just get a runaround. This needs to stop. I agree with you..It's crazy!
November 12, 2010 at 3:45pm
Unfortunately this policy is being mandated by the state. I am a teacher, and I agree that tests are not the best indicator of a student's knowledge. There is surely a better way, but we have not found it as of yet. I used to be able to teach my students what they needed to know to go on to the next step, whatever that might be for them. Now I feel like I am obligated to be sure they are ready for a test...EOC, ACT, PLAN, and the list goes on. If I do not get them ready for the TEST, I am afraid it will damage their grade. If you can think of a better way to assess our students, please share your ideas with our legislators.
November 17, 2010 at 8:19am
Thank you Matt for all your hard work and dedication to the youth of Cannon County! You are a blessing to this community! My boys are having so much fun participating in youth basketball this year!!
November 18, 2010 at 4:09pm
It's not right that a student will be *graded* on how well they perform on a standardized test. For one, not all students are the same, and so the very concept of a test being "standardized" leaves out the most crucial and varying element of all: the student him or herself.

A student shouldn't be penalized for scoring low, or rewarded for scoring high, on such things. You may as well reward the students with naturally higher iq's, and punish those with learning disabilities. While you're at it, you ought to go ahead and reward the kids who come from wealthy homes, and penalize the grades of those coming from poor or broken homes.

It's the same deal with rewarding or penalizing "standardized" testing. One child's mind may not work as quick as another's, but perhaps they worked their butt off in school. Yet the "smart" child will be rewarded (for what - good genes?) whereas the "slow" child will be punished. That's absurd.

Standardized testing ought to be done, because it's the best way to assess the intelligence of our youth and the efficiency of our teachers (I know this is unfair to teachers, but I did not say the method was "perfect" but only "the best" that we know of.) The scores of the tests (along with the actual tests themselves!) ought to be sent home to parents and used as data for the school system. They should not be used to penalize or reward students in the grading system, since that is equivalent to rewarding and punishing "smart" and "slow" students, or at least "test performance ability."

(Btw, standardized testing in my opinion in no way reflects creativity, IQ, ingenuity, prudence or character.)
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