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LAWMAKERS PASS BILL REQUIRING SCHOOLS TO OFFER SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS FALLING BEHIND

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State lawmakers passed the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act. It requires schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss. The bill comes in three parts:

  • FIRST PART – Starting summer of 2021 school districts will be required to provides a six-week summer school program for elementary school students and a four week summer school program for middle school students, as well as an after school camp focused on STEAM learning. Teachers who participate in the summer schools will receive a pay of $1,000 per week.
  • SECOND PART – Requires the department to provide a system for implementing a state wide tutoring core.
  • THIRD PART – Provides support for students who have not yet met the components of the third grade English Language Arts portion of the TCAP exam. Third graders whose test scores fall below the level set will be held back and forced to repeat the grade unless they successfully retake the exam, attend a 4-week summer school program, or participate in tutoring for the duration of their fourth grade school year. Those whose test scores falls at what’s considered below average, will have to repeat the grade if they do not successfully pass a retake or attend a 4-week summer program in addition to tutoring for the duration of the following school year.

The bill includes an amendment added that allows parents to go through an appeals process for students achieving a performance level rating of “approaching” on the ELA portion of the student’s most recent TCAP test.


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