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Cheatham County educator selected as statewide education ambassador
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Dr. Joseph Jones, the Cheatham County School Districts mathematics coordinator, is among the 37 Tennessee educators selected to serve as the inaugural group of TNReady Ambassadors.
Dr. Joseph Jones, the Cheatham County School Districts mathematics coordinator, is among the 37 Tennessee educators selected to serve as the inaugural group of TNReady Ambassadors.

Dr. Joseph Jones, the Cheatham County School District’s mathematics coordinator, is among the 37 Tennessee educators selected to serve as the inaugural group of TNReady Ambassadors.

This group of educators will serve as advisers for the Tennessee Department of Education and its assessment vendors, providing on-the-ground perspective and feedback on the state assessment program for the 2018-19 school year. 

The TNReady Ambassadors program was established in an effort to continuously improve the state’s assessment program and tap into the expertise of those in the field.

As TNReady Ambassadors, this group will assist with planning and presenting professional development across the state; evaluate test day materials for usability and clarity; and review test questions, content, and forms, among other duties to improve the assessment program.

“We must ensure that our state assessments are delivered seamlessly and that we are providing meaningful and actionable information to teachers, parents, and students to help improve student achievement,” TDOE Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “The TNReady Ambassadors will play a critical role in our work to improve the testing experience for students and teachers, and they will help us ensure that the time and resources we invest in state assessments ultimately provide information that can help all of us better support students.”

Applications were accepted over the summer, and more than 900 educators across the state applied for one of the 37 available spots.

Dr. Jones is one of eight mathematics educators in the state selected for the program.

All ambassadors will receive training on the tasks they will be undertaking, and the group will meet in person and on virtual platforms throughout the 2018-19 school year. Educators will be compensated for the work to offset the additional effort and time commitment they are making to improve the state assessment program.

Dr. Jones, who is beginning his fifth year as the district’s mathematics coordinator, previously chaired the state’s 22-member mathematics standards review committee.

State math standards are adopted every six years and the newest standards went into effect during the 2017-2018 school year.

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