The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education in countless ways. Children missed months of in-person classes, which drastically affected their academic progress. In response to this, the Tennessee Department of Education launched Tennessee House Bill 7004, or the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act. This bill is designed to provide students with a variety of academic support to help them get back on track after the pandemic. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the bill, the different components, and how we can help you meet the requirements.
What is Tennessee House Bill 7004?
Tennessee House Bill 7004, or The Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act, is a bill that requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to provide all priority students, including those enrolled in a public charter school within the boundary of the LEA, with the opportunity to attend in-person educational services outside the regular school day. These educational services include after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps. Schools can collaborate with public or non-profit partners in order to implement and conduct these camps. Non-priority students may also be able to participate if there are enough seats available.
The bill also requires the department to establish an innovative benchmark assessment pilot program and the Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps. Funding for the program will come from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the LEAP grant fund, and any other funds appropriated by the general assembly.
The Different Components of TN HB 7004
One of the key components of HB 7004 is the after-school mini-camps and bridge camps. These activities will take place in the fall and spring semesters and will be available to all K-12 students. The mini-camps will be held after school hours, and the bridge camps will take place during school breaks. The instruction offered in these camps will focus on math, literacy, science, and social studies.
The summer learning camps are another important component of the bill. These camps will be available to all K-12 students from May to August. Unlike the mini-camps and bridge camps, the summer learning camps will last longer and will provide students with more comprehensive academic instruction. Students who attend these camps can expect to receive instruction not only in math, literacy, science, and social studies but also in other areas such as art, music, and physical education. The goal of the summer learning camps is to help students catch up on the academic material they missed during the pandemic.
The Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps Program is yet another component of HB 7004. This program aims to recruit and train literacy tutors who can provide one-on-one instruction to struggling students. The tutors will work with students in kindergarten through 2nd grade and will focus on building their foundational literacy skills. The program will be available to all public schools in Tennessee, and the tutors will be paid a stipend for their work.
Progress Learning Supports Teachers and Students with TN HB 7004
Progress Learning satisfies Tennessee House Bill 7004 in a variety of ways. We provide Tennessee standards-aligned practice, remediation, adaptive intervention, and assessments for all the different programs established in HB 7004, including after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps. Let’s get into some of the top ways we can help.
Progress Learning is 100% aligned with Tennessee Academic Standards (TNAS). We offer a variety of personalized assignments and assessments from kindergarten through 12th grade that help students reinforce TNAS, no matter their learning levels. Students can take a diagnostic assessment to target which specific standards they need to focus on. They can then navigate to their individualized Study Plan where they can practice on their own and review their missed questions to clarify their learning. We also offer fun games and rewards that motivate students to keep growing and mastering standards.
Liftoff, our adaptive intervention program for grades 2-8, is another great way to help priority students who are struggling in math and reading. This program allows teachers to easily measure students’ learning levels and give them the practice they need to catch up. Students take diagnostic tests within Liftoff and are provided with an individualized learning plan called My Galaxies. My Galaxies supports students to work on foundational standards and skills they have not yet mastered in vertical alignment.
In addition, teachers can create custom or pre-built assessments in our Assignment/Assessment Builder. Once the assessment is complete, they can then quickly and easily assign remediation to individual students who need reinforcement on specific TNAS. Teachers can then download reports to track mastery of the standards to further differentiate instruction and offer additional small-group or one-on-one tutoring.