May 25th, 2016 by SCORE
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced today that 49 teachers have been selected for the 2016-17 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a significant expansion of the program…
May 23rd, 2016 by Amy Griffith Graydon
New Vision Academy (NVA) has an exceptionally data-rich culture. Many tools for monitoring student growth are in use at this public charter school in Nashville – assessments, benchmarks, math and reading levels – and NVA sets a new standard for using this information productively. Data improves instruction, facilitates teacher collaboration, and aids communication with students and parents. “Once they start to believe, then they start to own their education,” said Executive Director Timothy Malone. “Everybody’s not on the same level, and we recognize that. But we want to see that growth in every child. The data doesn’t lie. We try to tie that data into everything we do.”
May 17th, 2016 by SCORE
For four days, the SCORE Policy and Research team had the opportunity to participate in the recent American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. AERA is the largest gathering of education-focused researchers and advocates each year, and the 16,000 attendees represented all levels and sectors of the policy, research, advocacy, and practitioner communities. Here, the team offers reflections on the lessons learned and what most affected them from the experience.
May 10th, 2016 by Kyle Southern
A recent report from the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission presents the stark disjoint between the demographics of Metro Nashville’s teaching and student populations. The report’s data and findings are jarring, but its authors have provided a valuable service to the Nashville community by providing a call to action. Similar investigations in other districts would provide a comparable service and should prompt the kind of reflection necessitated by Metro Nashville’s report.
May 5th, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
The recognition of the importance of teaching is why Tennessee sets aside the first week of May to honor the state’s teachers. The importance of great teaching is why the Expect More, Achieve More Coalition has collected stories about this student focused work from students and teachers for a series called Tennessee Success Stories.
May 3rd, 2016 by Charlie Bufalino
Improving teacher compensation is a critical lever for improving student achievement and rewarding the impact of high-quality teachers. Teacher incentive structures remain a contested issue within education policy debates. The ultimate question of whether pay-for-performance (PFP) systems lead to more effective teachers and higher student achievement also has not been definitively answered.
May 2nd, 2016 by Amy Griffith Graydon
Dresden Elementary School, which won the 2014 SCORE Prize, has made strong gains across reading, math, and science over the past three years and narrowed achievement gaps in reading, math, and science. Instruction is highly differentiated across the school, and a Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) process involving all students ensures that each child receives exactly what they need. Each child is treated as an individual, personally and academically.
April 27th, 2016 by SCORE
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has issued the following statement from Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Woodson about the TNReady decisions announced today by Tennessee Commissioner…
April 25th, 2016 by Amy Griffith Graydon
At Covington High, which serves nearly 750 students in grades 9-12 in West Tennessee, a collaborative, teacher-focused atmosphere ensures that instructors are respected, treated as experts in their field, and encouraged to work together closely. The resulting culture is highly conducive to innovation, instructional risk-taking, and development of leadership. The school has narrowed achievement gaps while raising algebra proficiency rates. Covington’s students have made strong gains in English II and tremendous gains in Algebra I and II over the past three years.
April 22nd, 2016 by Rachel Miklaszewski
SCORE convened a SCORE Institute with Michael Petrilli, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and editor of a new book, Education for Upward Mobility. The book examines issues around how to help students born in poverty move into the middle class as adults. The following panel discussion led by SCORE Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson with Petrilli, Gini Pupo-Walker of Conexion Americas, and Mike Krause of Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 examined how Tennessee can help more students find the right fit after high school.