Rise & Shine: Deeper probe launches into Memphis high school grade changes

Good morning and welcome to Monday!

An investigation into grade-changing that began with one Memphis high school has now begun to go deeper and wider. Read the latest here.

And in Nashville, Commissioner Candice McQueen today convenes her third testing task force in as many years. Follow our coverage.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief

GRADE CHANGES  The firm hired to assess the pervasiveness of grade changes in Memphis high schools begins a deeper probe into schools with the highest number of cases. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Fox13, Local Memphis

TREZEVANT PROBE  An investigation into academic discrepancies at Trezevant High details an extensive, multiyear effort to  boost the Memphis school’s graduation rate and to make students eligible to play sports in college. The Commercial Appeal

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY  A University of Tennessee dean reaches out to Knox County school board to appeal the district’s decision to sever ties with its leadership academy for principals. Knoxville News Sentinel

ELEVATING ACT  An East Tennessee lawmaker says he’ll file a bill proposing to make the ACT the only standard for high school teacher and student evaluations. Johnson City Press

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE  With an eye toward racial disparity, Nashville schools seek to discipline students without suspending them. The Tennessee Tribune

LEADER OUT  A high-ranking Nashville district administrator under investigation for sexual harassment resigns. The Tennessean, WKRN, WTVF, WZTZ

GRAPPLING WITH GROWTH  Counties around Nashville see their student populations spike, spurring the need for costly new schools. The Tennessean

ECO-FRIENDLY  A newly rebuilt elementary school building in Nashville is the state’s first to earn a top-tier rating for efficiency. The Tennessean

GROUNDBREAKING  Kingsport breaks ground on a $20 million science and technology center at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Kingsport Times-News

DROP-IN  Several members of the State Board of Education tour Gibson County Schools, one of two Tennessee districts named to the College Board’s Advanced Placement Honor Roll. The Jackson Sun, WBBJ

TEACHER RECRUITMENT  Hamilton County administrators meet this week with nearly 200 prospective teacher candidates as the district works to fill positions. Times Free Press

TEACHER TRAINING  Martin Methodist College announces a new program to help teacher assistants take the next step to teacher licensure. Winchester Herald Chronicle

Seeking to fill a statewide need, Milligan College’s teacher education program will offer a dual licensure in English as a second language. Johnson City Press

AIMING HIGHER  Each school in Maury County develops a roadmap for improvement after the district’s disappointing performance on last year’s scores. Columbia Daily Herald

ATTENDANCE SUMMIT  School systems in Coffee County partner to hold their first-ever summit on combatting chronic absenteeism in schools. The Manchester Times

VIRTUAL SCHOOL  Here’s a look at some of the benefits and challenges of online public school through the eyes of a student and several administrators in Greeneville. The Greeneville Sun

LEGISLATIVE LOBBYING  Johnson City leaders ask state legislators to close a “loophole” that grants counties the ability to avoid sharing certain capital expenditures proportionately with city school systems located within the same county. Johnson City Press

ETHICS BOWL  After attending a state high school ethics bowl at the University of Tennessee, students at one Murfreesboro high school bring the experience home to Rutherford County. WGNS

OPINION: COLLATERAL DAMAGE  The decision of Knox County’s school board to sever ties with its former superintendent’s leadership academy will damage leadership opportunities for educators of color. Knoxville News Sentinel

Students at Nashville Classical Charter School lead the Pledge of Allegiance recently at the National Summit on Education Reform.

You can read about the school’s culture around literacy instruction here.