Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville
The Elementary School Math Department
Welcome to the elementary math department at the Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD). Our goal is to encourage real-world awareness and application by celebrating the history of math and the many ways we all use math in our daily lives. Elementary students at TSD benefit from high expectations in academics, individualized instructional opportunities made possible by smaller class sizes, and direct instruction in voice and sign language provided by certified and/or highly qualified faculty and staff. The variety of academic experiences offered by the elementary department at TSD provides students with a solid foundation for an exceptional K-12 education.
Instructional Standards
The Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards, or TN-ELDS, were first developed in 2004 to provide documentation of the continuum of developmental milestones from birth through age five based on the research about the processes, sequences, and long term consequences of early learning and development.
The standards for 4 year-olds were revised and adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2012. These revised standards provide a direct alignment with the content areas found in Tennessee’s state English language arts and mathematics standards as well as the Tennessee state standards for kindergarten. The birth-48 months standards were revised in 2013 and adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2014. These revised standards continue to be a resource for educators, child care providers, and families who work with children in this age range.
See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/article/early-learning-development-standards#sthash.6BvBHi0t.dpuf
The Tennessee School for the Deaf Elementary math department uses Tennessee's State Mathematics Standards for grades K-5. The standards represent a rigorous set of expectations for student knowledge and skills that prepare students for college and career. The standards are streamlined to allow the students and teachers to focus on fewer topics so that students can learn more, are connected to previous grades, and emphasize conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application and modeling.
The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are also incorporated in each grade.
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Instructional Curriculum
EnVision by Pearson is a visual approach using technology, manipulatives, and textbooks to support student success in the classroom, grades K-5. There is a visual learning bridge in every lesson to support mathematical problem-solving. The students are provided resource kits that develop skills in Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, and Problem-Solving.
See more at: http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS1zHe
TNReady is Tennessee’s new and improved TCAP test for math in grades 3-11. The TNReady assessment will provide all of us – educators, parents, and students – with better information about our students’ progress toward college and career readiness. TNReady tests are designed to assess true student understanding of current mathematics standards and not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.
See more at: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/tnready
Parent Guide to TNReady: http://tennessee.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/tnready_parent_guide.pdf
Multi-State Alternative Assessment
Based on the IEP Team decision, eligible students will participate the Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA), formerly known as the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), in lieu of the TNReady battery of tests. The MSAA is administered to qualified elementary students in grades 3-5.
For more information on MSAA, including parent tips, tools, and sample items: http://ncscpartners.org/news/ncsc-project-transition-to-the-multi-state-alternate-assessment-states https://wiki.ncscpartners.org/index.php/Main_Page
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is a computerized testing assessment for mathematics. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. The test is tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives students a fair opportunity to show what they know and can do. On the mathematics portion of the test, students' progress is reported among four math "strands": operations and algebraic thinking; the real and complex number system; geometry; and statistics and probability. Elementary students at TSD in grades 2-5 participate in MAP testing.
See more at: http://www.nwea.org/products-services/computer-based-adaptive-assessments/map
The Woodcock-Johnson III is designed to measure intellectual abilities and academic achievement. The Woodcock-Johnson III consists of 2 tests: Test of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement. The elementary school uses the Tests of Achievement for assessing students K-1 and newly enrolled 2nd grade students. The math portion contains a broad math cluster that provides a comprehensive measure of math achievement in problem solving, ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, as well as how quickly the child can complete addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. Each subset has its own score that shows the student’s grade level, age level, and percentile. The 3 tests together have a broad math score that also shows grade level, age level, and percentile ranking.
See more at: http://www.woodcock-johnson.com
Supplemental Resources
IXL Math features skills to go along with every lesson your children will learn in school. From arithmetic to algebra, fractions to measurement, IXL offers the most complete math coverage on the web.
student log-in: https://www.ixl.com/
Our Teachers

      Early Childhood Education
Start date: 1996
Marti Holman

      M.S., Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Start date: 2003
Catie Blackwood

      B.S., Elementary Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1983
B.S., Special Education - Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1984
M.S., Educational Psychology - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985
Start date: August 1985
Ginger Armstrong Henderson

      B.S., Elementary Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2002
M.S., Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003
Start date: 2006
Kim Davis

      B.S., Educational Interpreting - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
M.S., Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
Start date: 2014
1st Grade
Brooke Ulrey

      B.S. Child and Family Studies- Carson-Newman University, 2007
M.S., Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2010
Start date: 2010
2nd Grade
Lauren Skellenger

      B.S., Special Education- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2011
M.S., Deaf Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
Start date: 2012
3rd – 5th Grade
Lauren Mack

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