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August 22, 2018
It’s been six years since Tennessee took over its first low-performing schools. How are they doing?
Of the six schools in the original state-run Achievement School District, four had fewer than 10 percent of students tested at grade level in math or English during the 2017-2018 academic year.
August 13, 2018
McQueen calls superintendents’ request to pause state testing ‘illegal and inconsistent with our values’
“Pausing a state assessment would be both illegal and inconsistent with our values as a state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen wrote to the Nashville and Memphis leaders.
August 9, 2018
Citing ‘multiple years of failure,’ Knoxville school leaders vote ‘no confidence’ in state
Board Chairwoman Patti Bounds says the Tennessee Department of Education “still takes no ownership” of its mistakes.
May 25, 2018
Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences
A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.
April 11, 2018
School leaders say it’ll take $1 billion to educate Memphis students
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the county to pay the district $13 million from its expected surplus and use $25 million from the district's reserves.
back to court
March 16, 2018
Nashville appeals judge’s order to share student information with state charters
The appeal means Metro Nashville Public Schools won't comply with an earlier order to share the information with charter operators requesting it.
November 29, 2017
As Tennessee governor’s race ramps up, so does the conversation around schools
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education unveils five priorities aimed at moving Tennessee up from the middle of the pack on student achievement.
five years in
November 15, 2017
Tennessee’s two big school turnaround experiments are yielding big lessons, researchers say
Five years in, Tennessee receives a report card of sorts from researchers who have closely followed its two primary models for improving struggling schools.
November 9, 2017
For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school
New state reports are highlighting where students are going after graduating from high school.
November 8, 2017
Tennessee awards grants to help 27 charter schools secure or improve buildings
Grants of $125,000 each will go to 27 schools in the first round of awards announced Wednesday by the State Department of Education.
May 24, 2017
Every Tennessee teacher will make at least $33,745 under new salary schedule
Some teachers in 46 Tennessee districts will see a pay boost next year after the State Board of Education votes to raise the minimum salary for educators.
Movers and shakers
February 8, 2017
McQueen’s chief of staff moves to Haslam’s office
Simmons, 32, has overseen several key initiatives under McQueen and helped to draft the state’s year-old literacy program known as Read to be Ready.
July 18, 2016
Can raising reading levels be fun? It was for these kids in Nashville
Summer camps funded through Tennessee's Ready to be Ready initiative give children a chance to become better readers.
March 15, 2016
Lawmakers: Increase education spending, but keep courts out of school funding debate
State legislators pass a bill to increase funding for public education next year, while also voting for a constitutional amendment to give judges control over schools.
February 19, 2016
Federal judge dismisses TEA lawsuit challenging TVAAS in teacher bonuses
The formula that Tennessee uses to rate teachers might be unfair — but it still can be used to decide whether they should get bonuses, a federal court has ruled.
February 17, 2016
Few answers as state education officials testify about testing breakdown
Just how did years of preparation for online testing in Tennessee collapse in a matter of hours last week?
February 1, 2016
Haslam expected to address education funding in State of the State speech
Entering office saying he wanted to be an "education governor," Bill Haslam is expected to continue that focus tonight when he delivers his annual address to lawmakers.
December 22, 2015
Top 10 stories defining Tennessee education in 2015
From Race to the Top to pre-kindergarten to teacher pay, education was a hot topic in Tennessee.
December 2, 2015
McQueen proposes $57 million more for K-12 education next year
Tennessee's ed chief asks for additional state funding for initiatives including professional development for teachers and increasing transparency around testing.
College and career readiness
September 21, 2015
Leaders highlight K-12 schools’ role in ‘Drive to 55’
In the third year of a push to ramp up the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials, state leaders reflect on the role of public schools.
August 3, 2015
State officials recognize 170 schools for achievement, growth
The annual reward list comprises Tennessee's top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
May 14, 2015
Report: Tennessee improves honesty in reporting student test scores
Once chastised for being among the nation's most dishonest states in reporting student performance, Tennessee now is a leader in honestly assessing student proficiency, a report says.
November 13, 2014
Kevin Huffman out as education commissioner
After three years of dramatic change, Huffman is taking an unspecified private sector job, Gov. Bill Haslam announced.
July 1, 2014
Haslam and Huffman: TCAP gains show Tennessee is on the right track
After a year in which lawmakers and educators heatedly debated which standardized tests should be given in Tennessee schools and how their results should be used, Gov. Bill Haslam and…
June 18, 2014
Pre-K advocates pursue small strategies toward big goal
A coalition of pre-K advocates are moving forward with a collection of small strategies that they hope will, collectively, result in every child being prepared to start kindergarten.Although they’ve stopped short of calling it a full-on strategy, they are now pursuing several possible ways forward, including identify new funding, raising standards for daycare centers, and even returning to voters to ask for more funding.
June 5, 2014
In speech, Haslam says education will reduce income inequality
Gov. Bill Haslam said in a speech this week that his efforts to reform the public education system will ultimately lift Tennesseans out of poverty,…
November 8, 2013
Here’s a roundup of what educators and politicians are saying about NAEP
There was interesting discussion Thursday about how Tennessee did on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” As Chalkbeat…
November 7, 2013
Haslam, Huffman praise teachers for increased test scores
Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam and education commissioner Kevin Huffman praised teachers for their hard work in boosting the National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores.
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