• Community, Local Businesses, and Colleges Support College-going Culture in Gibson County

    October 19th, 2016 by

    “Education is the key.” That’s the phrase that Gibson County Mayor and proud TCAT alum Tom Witherspoon uses throughout his annual “no excuses” talk to Gibson County students. Coupled with humor, including more than one jab at rival SEC football teams, Witherspoon kicked off the annual Milan High School College App Week Tailgate with words of wisdom based on his experience with higher education.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Tennessee Can Make Sure Early-Career Teachers Are Prepared for Day One

    October 19th, 2016 by

    Tennessee has become a national leader in raising student achievement because of strong resolve to set bold student achievement goals and to make ground-breaking change to reach those goals. SCORE has released Prepared for Day One: Improving the Effectiveness of Early-Career Teaching, a report that explores new opportunities to support greater student achievement.

  • SCORE Releases Recommendations for Teacher Preparation Improvement

    October 18th, 2016 by

    Tennessee can advance student achievement with a fresh focus on better preparation of new teachers, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) says in a report released Tuesday. The report, "Prepared for Day One: Improving the Effectiveness of Early-Career Teaching," examines the state of educator preparation in Tennessee and recommends eight areas for improvement, including stronger classroom-based experiences for teacher candidates, greater diversity within the teaching ranks, and closer partnerships between educator preparation programs (EPPs) and the school districts that hire their graduates.

  • SCORE Statement on TNReady Scores Proposal

    October 13th, 2016 by

    The results from the TNReady assessment will reset how Tennessee measures student achievement. This reset amounts to being more honest about how well prepared Tennessee students are for the next grade and beyond.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Learning, Growing, and Developing New Strategies for Student Success

    September 20th, 2016 by

    I knew this event was going to foster collaboration, illuminate proven approaches for greater student achievement, and unleash innovative thinking. But these Tennessee educators embraced the spirit of the summit with their focus, capability, and dedication.

  • Evaluating Teacher Preparation Using Program Graduates’ Observation Ratings

    September 19th, 2016 by

    Research shows that teachers matter more for student achievement than any other in-school factor. Thus, how we prepare teachers is an essential component of improved student achievement. A recently published study by University of Michigan researchers Matthew Ronfeldt and Shanyce L. Campbell details how the authors investigated the potential for using teacher observation ratings as a measurement for evaluating educator preparation programs (EPPs).

  • Seven Ways for Parents to Nudge Gen Z Students toward Workforce Readiness

    September 7th, 2016 by

    Parents of Gen Z students face an important opportunity to coach and counsel their children – giving students feedback about their skills and talents that they likely crave while helping them connect the dots between classroom content and rewarding job opportunities in life. Parents don’t need to be career experts or certified counselors themselves to be their child’s best source of guidance and encouragement. Here are some tips to get started!

  • Why More Teachers of Color Should Be a Priority for Tennessee

    August 31st, 2016 by

    In Tennessee, students of color make up 35 percent of the public school population, yet just 15 percent of teachers in the state identify as people of color. SCORE’s 2015-16 State of Education in Tennessee report identified diversifying the teaching population as one of the annual priorities for the state. While SCORE continues to explore how best to address these issues, we are also learning from educators across the state. We asked three of them—Laura Delgado, Erin Glenn, and Dr. Louis Glover—to share their perspectives on teacher racial and ethnic diversity in Tennessee.

  • Voices of SCORE Prize Summit

    August 29th, 2016 by

    During the event, I got the chance to talk to educators and get their perspective on the SCORE Prize Summit – what they were learning from the event and the three strands, how that learning connected to their work, and their plans for the future. I’d like to share a few of their answers and insights from the day.

  • 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.

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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).