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Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
September 14, 2018
I spoke with our governor during his TNReady listening tour. Here’s what I hope he heard.
Tara Baker, an assistant principal at Nashville's McGavock High School, was among about 150 educators invited to participate.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
Updated August 22, 2018
Haslam will hit the road to troubleshoot Tennessee’s testing problems
The outgoing governor responds to a barrage of criticism of the state’s testing program by announcing a “listening tour” aimed at fixing TNReady.
August 10, 2018
How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study
To develop teachers, principals needing coaching too, says a new study by Vanderbilt University and Mathematica Policy Research.
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
August 6, 2018
Declaring ‘no confidence’ in TNReady, Memphis and Nashville superintendents call for pause in state testing
The superintendents of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely.
February 22, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam convened a ‘power meeting’ between Tennessee’s charter school and district leaders. Here’s why.
At issue is a new charter school law, which directs local districts to share student directory information requested by charter operators.
January 17, 2018
ACT do-overs pay off for 40 percent of Tennessee high school seniors who tried
The state's $2 million investment in its ACT Retake Day appears to be paying off for a second year in a row.
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.
October 18, 2017
Memphis just gained an important ally in its legal battle with Tennessee over school funding
The Nashville school board's decision to join litigation is good news for Shelby County Schools.
scrambling for students
September 15, 2017
Lagging enrollment fuels Tennessee charter schools’ push for student contact data
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that 22 schools in the state’s 32-school Achievement School District have lost enrollment from last year.
August 10, 2017
Nashville’s grieving mayor visits schools on first day back to work
Megan Barry handed out backpacks and hugged children on the first day of school this week after losing her only child to a drug overdose.
July 19, 2017
How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading
Beginning in the earliest grades, reading goes far beyond sounding out words at Nashville Classical Charter School.
June 19, 2017
I think traditional public schools are the backbone of democracy. My child attends a charter school. Let’s talk.
The dialogue around school choice in Nashville doesn’t often include much nuance — or many voices of parents like me.
school turnaround lessons
February 14, 2017
Too many good teachers are quitting Tennessee’s Achievement School District, researchers say
Researchers examine whether the state-run ASD and local iZones have been able to recruit and retain teachers with top ratings.
January 20, 2017
What Trump’s inauguration means for one undocumented Nashville student-turned-teacher
Carlos Ruiz is a graduate of Nashville public schools and a high school Spanish teacher in Denver. He's also an undocumented immigrant.
December 13, 2016
UPDATED: Urban districts score below statewide averages on new TNReady tests, with some bright spots
A new test does hasn't changed which Tennessee school districts are the top performers, and which districts struggle relative to the state as a whole.
October 25, 2016
Why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez says the way to change discipline practices in Memphis is to change teachers' and administrators' relationships with students.
October 25, 2016
Tennessee students more likely to be suspended if they’re black boys — or live in Memphis
The latest data shows half of suspensions in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.
September 8, 2016
States often get sued over school funding. Here’s what makes Tennessee stand out.
When it comes to providing adequate funding to educate students based on today’s standards, Tennessee isn’t coming close, say national experts.
August 15, 2016
During its year off from school takeovers, Tennessee’s turnaround district eyes Chattanooga
Leaders of the Achievement School District will begin talks with district and community leaders in Hamilton County in the coming months, a spokesman says.
August 3, 2016
Tennessee to become national pioneer in creating social and emotional standards
The Tennessee Department of Education will spend the next year creating its first-ever set of standards focused on students' social well-being and mental health.
June 15, 2016
Joining two other cities, Nashville raises stakes in Tennessee’s school funding fight
Nashville becomes the third of Tennessee’s four urban school boards to vote in favor of suing the state for more funding.
June 1, 2016
With no mention of proselytizing, social studies teachers drill down on Tennessee standards
Social studies teachers from across the state kick off a review of the subject's academic standards, with revisions to reach Tennessee classrooms in 2019.
Stopping summer slide
May 17, 2016
Twelve summer reading programs share Tennessee’s inaugural literacy grant
As part of a larger effort to lift lagging literacy rates, the Tennessee Department of Education names recipients of a $1 million grant for summer reading programs.
April 29, 2016
Here’s what students at one Tennessee high school have to say about taking TNReady
High school students have watched TNReady delays with bemusement. Now that it's here, they say it's a harder test.
April 26, 2016
For these undocumented immigrant students, Tennessee’s failed in-state tuition bill was personal
In January, six immigrant students, some of them undocumented, gathered after school in an empty classroom at Nashville’s Glencliff High School to snack on Doritos…
April 14, 2016
State Board of Education members tour Nashville KIPP schools in their new role as charter authorizer
Tennessee's State Board takes a step forward in its unprecedented relationship with a national charter network.
March 10, 2016
Tennessee’s state-run school turnaround district poised to escape lawmakers’ intervention — again
Only two of seven bills related to the state-run Achievement School District appear to still be in play in this year's legislative session. Both are watered down.
February 24, 2016
Once seeking to scrap pre-K, Tennessee’s biggest pre-K critic votes to improve it
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville joins a legislative subcommittee to advance a bill that would fund more teacher training at the pre-K level.
January 21, 2016
Why asking to keep TNReady data out of teacher evaluations might be moot
School boards are asking that the state discount growth scores this year — but the state says that's unnecessary.
November 10, 2015
Two KIPP Schools poised to be first run by State Board of Education
Two KIPP schools might be the first charters run by State Board of Education after the Metro Nashville school board passed on them a third time.
changing of the guard
November 3, 2015
Malika Anderson, top Achievement School District official with Tennessee roots, will replace Barbic
Malika Anderson, now the deputy superintendent, will become the state-run turnaround district's second leader at the end of 2015.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
September 30, 2015
State Board of Education rejects Omni’s appeal for Memphis expansion, considers Nashville appeals from Rocketship, KIPP
Omni Schools may not open a new high school in Memphis, while proposed expansions in Nashville by Rocketship and KIPP are still being reviewed.
September 1, 2015
Nashville mayoral hopefuls offer their visions for the city’s schools
Facing a runoff election on Sept. 10, candidates Megan Barry and David Fox Runoff sound off on charters, school desegregation, state funding and more.
August 17, 2015
Despite significant TCAP gains, Nashville middle school starts charter conversion as part of state’s turnaround process
Teachers and community members reflect on whether Neely's Bend Middle Prep School would have achieved its high growth without state intervention looming.
June 2, 2015
Nashville education ‘idea festival’ draws 700 people
Leaders of a public-private initiative to reimagine K-12 public schools in Nashville want to build on the momentum of their first big gathering.
June 2, 2015
As Nashville charter school conversion begins, administrators must overcome confusion
After a rocky start, co-principals at Nashville's Neely's Bend Middle Prep School are working together to make the transition to a charter school a success.
April 24, 2015
Metro Nashville Schools first to partner with popular social media site
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the first school district in the nation to partner officially with Nextdoor.
February 16, 2015
Talk it out: Restorative justice techniques help school communities rethink approaches to discipline
Schools such as Nashville's Pearl-Cohn High School are getting positive results from programs addressing disciplinary issues through approaches based on resolution and reconciliation rather than just detention and suspension.
January 21, 2015
Metro Nashville Schools moves to integrated math curriculum
Algebra class soon will be a thing of the past in Nashville — sort of. Beginning next school year, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will start to…
January 4, 2015
Unfunded state RTI mandate might do more harm than good
As of July 1, 2014, RTI2 is the sole criteria by which a student may be identified as having a Specific Learning Disability in the state of Tennessee. But the mandate to implement the intricate program came with no funds to do so. Schools had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the universal screeners, and don’t have the money to hire educators with the expertise required to work with the highest needs students. Some schools are using their general education teachers, already stretched thin, and others are using computer programs.
December 8, 2014
Data disagreements muddy takeover debate
In the wake of the ASD's announcement that it will take over one of two middle schools in a Nashville community, district officials and their opponents have continually cited data points that seem contradictory. In fact, representatives from both sides of the school takeover debate were using different yardsticks to measure the same things:
November 21, 2014
Achievement School District places two Nashville middle schools on turnaround list
The Achievement School District announced today that it will take over one of two middle schools in Nashville.
September 26, 2014
Five things to know about the ASD’s expansion in Nashville
There has been a lot of chatter about the fate of low-performing schools in Nashville, and the Achievement School District’s potential involvement in turning those schools around.
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
August 19, 2014
Where are this year’s priority schools?
To see where priority schools are located in Tennessee and where the lowest-performing schools in Memphis are concentrated, check out our map.
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