TAP Expands in Knox County

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (submitted)-- The Knox County Schools has announced that TAP (formerly the Teacher Advancement Program) will be expanded to 13 additional schools. TAP, which is currently in four Knox County schools, is a comprehensive school reform and instructional improvement system that provides powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, instructionally-focused accountability, and incentive compensation for educators.

The new TAP schools that will be added are: Carter High, Austin-East Magnet High, South-Doyle High, Carter Middle, South-Doyle Middle, Vine Middle Magnet, East Knox Elementary, West Haven Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Belle Morris Elementary, Ritta Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, and Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Elementary.

The new schools will begin planning for the TAP system immediately, with full implementation expected to begin during the 2011-2012 school year. A fourteenth school, West View Elementary School, is currently under consideration for TAP.
The expansion of TAP is made possible due, in large part, to the five-year, $26.5 million federal grant recently awarded from the Teacher Incentive Fund. Funding will also be provided by resources from the Knox County Schools' Race to the Top grant, as well as resources committed through the Great Schools Partnership.

"TAP perfectly aligns with our strategic plan in terms of facilitating high quality instruction, improving collaboration, supporting high needs schools, and providing innovative and strategic compensation incentives for our educators," said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. "This is one of several important strategies to help us meet our ambitious goal of Excellence for All Children."

During the 2006-07 school year, the Knox County Schools adopted TAP in four schools: Holston Middle, Northwest Middle, Lonsdale Elementary, and Pond Gap Elementary. During the past three years, these schools have made significant improvements as measured by the value-added growth of students, teacher classroom evaluations and fidelity to the core elements of the TAP system:

· Instructionally-focused accountability
· Ongoing applied professional growth
· Multiple career paths
· Performance-based compensation