Lawmakers, superintendents blindsided by Tennessee Education Department learning loss projections

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn’s announcement of COVID-19-related learning loss projections for Tennessee students took state lawmakers and school superintendents by surprise.



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In a joint news conference with Gov. Bill Lee last week, Schwinn announced Tennessee students are expected to face learning loss of 50% in English and 65 % in math, stressing the importance of in-person learning. Projections were based on national research and early results of beginning-of-year student checkpoint assessments in Tennessee.

“This press release really caught a lot of us off guard,” Henry County Schools Superintendent Leah Watkins told The Center Square. “I feel like this was a smack in the face of my educators, of my team, who have given up summer break to have had to change everything they do to make it work for a dual environment – virtual and in person. It just feels

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TN Education Commissioner used pre-pandemic report to gauge “significant learning loss”

(WTVC) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn cited Spring learning loss projections on national, months-old research, rather than up-to-date testing from Tennessee students.

There’s no question, educators are still navigating learning curves after the pandemic forced kids out of the classroom in the Spring.

However, NewsChannel 9 found out state leaders cited pre-pandemic data, not recent Fall 2020 tests from Tennessee students to categorize what she called a “significant learning loss” during a press conference last week.

Lawmakers grilled Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn during a series of hearing on schools re-opening.

At a press conference with Governor Bill Lee last week, Commissioner Schwinn said “preliminary projections” reflected there was an estimated 50 percent decrease in proficiency rates in 3rd grade reading and a projected 65 percent decrease in proficiency in math.

On Friday, Hamilton County Schools Spokesperson Tim Hensley said the student’s data from district was not included in the

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Tennessee education commissioner accused of misleading about learning loss

Chalkbeat Tennessee says during a call with superintendents on Friday Schwinn described the data as “estimated predictions.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Educators and lawmakers from across the state are criticizing the Tennessee Department of Education for data it released, showing Tennessee students were experiencing a “significant” learning loss due to schools being closed from COVID-19.

But it turns out much of that data was based on testing done before the pandemic, according to Chalkbeat Tennessee, a non-profit news organization focused on education issues.

It was an announcement that got everyone’s attention.

Tennessee education commissioner Penny Schwinn released data to show the impact prolonged school closures were having on Tennessee students.

“Because of some of these building closures and because of the impacts of COVID-19, we are seeing a significant decrease in the proficiency of students entering school this fall,” said Schwinn.

Schwinn said data showed a 50 percent decrease in third-grade

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Early childhood education virtual jobs event series to help fill workforce loss from COVID-19

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Minus 9 to 5 to connect community members with jobs in early childhood education in an effort to help with the jobs deficit COVID-19 has created.

The virtual event series targets teachers, teaching assistants and childcare support staff in the field of early childhood education.

About 60 employers from across Hampton Roads will take part in the virtual series.

They are broken up by cities. On Tuesday, there will be an opportunity for people looking for early childhood jobs in Virginia Beach from 10 to noon.

Other cities follow in the coming weeks.

You RSVP, login to the watch the Zoom presentations from the employers, and then follow up contact information for job applications.

Jacqueline Rondeau, business services coordinator for the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, says this is a great time and opportunity to

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Pentecostal Church of Christ, community mourns the loss of beloved Bishop J. Delano Ellis II

The family is requesting “prayer, patience and understanding” as they navigate this difficult time.

CLEVELAND — The Pentecostal Church of Christ and members of the community are mourning the loss of beloved Bishop, J. Delano Ellis II. 

The Church took to social media Saturday announcing that the long-time Bishop had transitioned. 

” As our hearts are overcome with the bittersweetness of this moment, we find comfort in the words of he who now sleep,’ When we get to the Glory, we won’t even remember the pain of this world.’ – Bishop Ellis,” the organization wrote in the social media post. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Bishop Ellis shared the pastorate of Pentecostal Church of Christ with his wife of nearly 40 years, Sabrina Joyce Ellis.

Bishop Ellis received his Bachelor’s degree in History and sociology from Howard University and his Masters Degree in Religious Education from Nazarene Seminary, as well as

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