Selected tests to count 15 percent of final grade in Kingsport schools

Rick Wagner • Dec 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — It’s official: Semester exams in high school, Tennessee standardized exams in grades 3-8 and end-of-course high school tests in Kingsport City Schools will count 15 percent of students’ final grades.

During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the board also heard performances by the Robinson Middle School Honor Choir, under the direction of chorus teacher Sandra Kerney. It is comprised of the best vocal students in the seventh and eighth grades.


The BOE voted 3-0, with two absent, to approve a universal 15 percent for the above tests, with the changes to go into effect immediately since they were revisions of existing policies.

One vote changed Policy 4.600 on grading systems to make semester exams count 15 percent of the final grade. Another vote changed Policy 4.700 to make end-of-course and Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests to count 15 percent, too.

Another policy change, new Policy 2.300 on comparability of services required to meet federal legal requirements, was approved on the first of two readings. The second and final reading will be at the January school board meeting. Attending Tuesday’s meeting, rescheduled from Dec. 11 because of the snowstorm, were President Carrie Upshaw, Todd Golden and Susan Lodal. Absent were Vice President Karen Reed-Wright and Eric Hyche.


The board also heard performances from the Robinson Middle Honor Choir, lead by choral teacher Sandra Kerney. The group is comprised of the best vocal students in seventh and eighth grades at the school.



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