• ACT Update: Indicators of College and Career Readiness in Tennessee

    August 24th, 2016 by

    As one of 18 states in which 100 percent of graduating high school seniors have taken the ACT college entrance examination, ACT scores represent an important indicator of college and career readiness in Tennessee. This year, more than 63,000 public high school graduates statewide took the exam—an increase of more than 3,000 test-takers from 2015—and the published results provide data needed to understand how well our schools are preparing young people for success in postsecondary and career opportunities. Results provide both good news and compelling evidence for the need to do more.

  • SCORE Releases Statement on Tennessee’s 2016 ACT Results

    August 24th, 2016 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has released the following statement from President David Mansouri about the 2016 ACT results and postsecondary readiness in Tennessee: All Tennessee students need…

  • Camp Explore: Reading to Be Ready

    August 22nd, 2016 by

    Do you remember reading a new book over the summer and diving headfirst into a new world, time period, country, and stepping into the shoes of someone with a different perspective? This summer SCORE had the opportunity to visit Camp Explore, a program led by Lipscomb University Associate Professor Jeanine Fain that aims to encourage young students to read. Camp Explore was selected as one of 12 programs receiving a sub-grants to improve early literacy, as part of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Read to Be Ready, an initiative made possible by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Great Teachers Dream and Drive as Tennessee Goes Back to School

    August 10th, 2016 by

    Dear Friends, As school starts again, I cannot help but think of Tennessee’s teachers. The teachers I know are busy creating engaging lesson plans, planning their own professional learning, and…

  • SCORE Prize Summit: Embracing Peer Collaboration to Spark Sustainable Change

    August 9th, 2016 by

    Watching how these schools and districts innovate and develop programs for the last few months has been exciting, but I am even more thrilled about the collaboration that will occur August 12-13, as these schools and districts identify, select, and plan to take strategies they’ve learned about to their students back home. I am confident the Summit will result in a ripple effect, where ideas take root and translate to action, and a sustained dialogue about empowerment, high expectations, and innovation spreads into the culture of schools and districts.

  • Rethinking School Discipline to Support Academic Achievement

    August 4th, 2016 by

    In recent weeks, stakeholder groups ranging from the Assessment Task Force and Career Forward Task Force to the State Board of Education have all considered discipline disparities in our state. Emerging research suggests that school discipline policies can influence school climate and affect student well-being. Excessive use of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, referred to as exclusionary disciplinary policies, can both disrupt the school climate and add to academic and behavioral issues for some students.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Learning from Leaders in Learning at the SCORE Prize Summit

    July 14th, 2016 by

    By sharing the best ideas from some of the best educators at the SCORE Prize Summit: Strategies for Student Success, we hope to illuminate proven approaches for greater student achievement and to unleash innovative thinking for new ways to accelerate the progress.

  • Formative Assessment Practices in the Classroom

    July 11th, 2016 by

    A report on formative assessment practice in classrooms recently released by Education First focuses on three different urban districts—Austin Independent School District (AISD), Denver Public Schools (DPS), and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Several important findings in the report have implications for Tennessee, particularly related to the 2015-16 State of Education in Tennessee recommendations to implement rigorous, aligned assessments that produce the best data possible and to empower teachers to ensure the best outcomes for students.

  • Elevating and Accelerating Teacher Influence in Tennessee

    July 6th, 2016 by

    Peter Tang leads SCORE’s Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that helps elevate teacher voice in Tennessee. This program’s impact is far-reaching, as teachers from across the state learn tools to impact and continue to influence policy conversation. This year, the program was expanded, almost doubling in size. The SCORE Sheet asked Peter to tell us more about the Fellowship’s work, what it has accomplished and where it’s headed. Here are his thoughts and insights.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Empowering Student-focused Teachers to Develop Their Voices

    June 23rd, 2016 by

    Dear Friends, When great teachers grow as leaders and participate in the discussion about sustaining and improving student-focused policies and practices, they help their profession and their students. With that…

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The SCORE Sheet is the online conversation on public education reform in Tennessee and is hosted by SCORE. The blog mirrors SCORE’s collaborative nature and features contributors from Tennessee and across the country including students, parents, teachers, policymakers, community groups, and members of SCORE’s team. Regardless of perspective, contributors share a common goal: that every child graduates from high school prepared for college or the workforce.

Posts on The SCORE Sheet are the opinions of the individual contributors and are not necessarily reflective of the opinions and positions of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).