A group of teachers from Memphis City Schools met in the spring of 2011 to develop a pilot proposal that was implemented throughout the 2011-12 school year. After data was collected, the model was submitted to the State Board of Education for approval in the summer of 2012, where it was approved as an optional alternate growth measure.
During the 2012-13 school year, three districts implemented the model at scale. Throughout the year, we continued to improve the process and build out additional supports to make it easier for teachers and administrators to implement. In April, all teachers submitted their final portfolios and the peer review process began. Scores were returned in June of 2013, marking the first time in Tennessee history that fine arts teachers were able to receive individual growth scores.
For the 2013-14 school year, twelve districts implemented the model, including three of our largest districts: Knox County, Metro Nashville, and Shelby County. We hope that the model will continue to expand, granting additional teachers access to their own individual growth scores.