Overton County Fair brings thrill rides
Ride operators arrested at Overton County
TCAP results released for state’s schools
County Fair brings thrill rides
Thrill rides were taking place around Overton County
Fairgrounds on Thursday, Aug. 8 when hundreds of Overton County
grade school students made their way to the fairgrounds for the
School Days at the Fair event. Those participating in the activities
enjoyed numerous rides with their friends at a special ticket rate.
Children also got another special ride time on Saturday,
Aug. 10 during the Kids Extravaganza.
operators arrested at Overton County fair
By ROBERT FORSMAN, court reporter
Three carnival ride operators were arrested at the
Overton County Fair last week.
Jason Mark Tillman, of Davidson County, was arrested
and charged with sexual assault of a female under the age of 18.
According to the arrest report, Tillman sexually assaulted the teenager
“by hugging and kissing her at the Gravity-Wheel ride at the Overton
Tillman, who is being held in the Overton County Jail
on a $25,000 bond, appeared in general sessions court Thursday,
Aug. 8. Judge John Officer appointed Tillman an attorney and scheduled
a bond reduction hearing for Thursday, Aug. 15.
Two other carnival ride operators, described as a
male and a female, were arrested and charged with public intoxication.
Spectators were reportedly waiting in line to board rides when the
pair were arrested.
Both were released on a $250 cash bond each and scheduled
to appear in general sessions court this week.
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results released for state’s schools
Tennessee Department of Education has released 2002
achievement test results for grades 3 through 8.
The results show noticeable improvement in reading,
language arts, and math in early grades over last year. Middle grades
scores and science and social studies scores across all grades remained
basically the same.
Education Commissioner Faye Taylor said, “We are
beginning to reap the benefits of investments the state has made
in recent years.
“It appears that our efforts to strengthen the curriculum
and to hold schools accountable are having a positive effect. Teachers
across the state are responding to the challenge and getting results.
“Now, we must stay the course and sustain these improvements.”
The achievement tests, commonly called the TCAPs (Tennessee
Comprehensive Assessment Program), are administered each spring
to students in grades 3 through 8 in reading, language arts, mathematics,
science, and social studies.
This year approximately 425,000 students took the
tests. Scores are reported in national percentiles that proved a
comparison to children nationwide. A score of 50 means the students
performed as well as or better than half of the students in the
national comparison group.
Across the board, the greatest improvements were achieved
in third grade. In 2002, third grade students scored 59 in reading,
compared to a score of 51 last year. The same class scored 65 in
language arts and 67 in mathematics while last year’s group scored
56 and 56, respectively.
School year 2001-2002 was the first year class size
reductions mandated under the Education Improvement Act of 1992
went into place. The smallest classes are in the early grades.
This was also the first year Tennessee schools had
the opportunity to use the state’s new grade-specific, standards-based
curriculum in reading, language arts and mathematics.
Dr. Claudette Williams, assistant commissioner for
curriculum and instruction, said, “We have a foundation in place
now and feel this is the beginning of a trend.
“The clearer we can be with expectations and the better
we can align our tests with those expectations, the more positive
the results should be.
“The purpose of the testing program is to identify
ways to help students improve academically.”
Helping students is also the purpose of new reports
this year that break down the data by student subgroup population.
School systems and schools will be able to target instruction to
close the achievement gaps among groups of students.
Overton County schools were above the 50 percent middle
ground in all areas except third grade Science, at 48. Overton County
third grade Math was exceptional at 75.
A.H. Roberts Elementary School was exceptional in
third grade Language and Math, at 76 and 75 respectively, and in
fourth grade Math at 76.
A.H. Roberts was weaker than the norm in third grade
Science at 46.
Allons Elementary School was exceptional in third
grade Math at 78, but fell just below the norm in fifth grade Reading
and Social Studies, at 49 for each, and in eighth grade Social Studies
Hilham Elementary School excelled in third grade Language
at 80, sixth grade Social Studies at 79, and eighth grade Reading,
Language, and Math, at 76, 84, and 83 respectively. Hilham was less
than average in fourth grade Reading at 49, seventh grade Science
at 42, and particularly low in fifth grade Reading at 37.
Livingston Middle School scored high in eighth grade
Language at 72, and was above average in every category.
Rickman Elementary School excelled in third grade
Math at 78, and scored well in seventh grade Language and Math,
at 73 and 74 respectively, and in eighth grade Language at 72. Rickman
was below average in third grade Social Studies at 46.
Wilson Elementary School scored high in third grade
Language at 69, and in fifth grade Math at 73.
Wilson was just below average in third grade Reading,
Science, and Social Studies, at 48, 46, and 46 respectively, fourth
grade Language, Science, and Social Studies, at 43, 40, and 40 respectively,
sixth grade Reading, Science, and Social Studies, at 45, 49, and
44 respectively, seventh grade Language, Math, and Social Studies,
at 41, 43, and 42 respectively, and in eighth grade Language, Math,
and Science, at 40, 41, and 40 respectively.
Wilson was particularly low in seventh grade Reading
and Science, at 38 and 34 respectively, and in eighth grade Reading
at 38. Wilson Elementary just escaped falling into the lower quarter
of the country in eighth grade Social Studies at 26.
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