August 24th, 2016 by Kyle Southern
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.
August 24th, 2016 by SCORE
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…
August 22nd, 2016 by Rachel Miklaszewski
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.
August 10th, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
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…
August 9th, 2016 by Jeremy Meredith
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.
August 4th, 2016 by Indira Dammu
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.
July 14th, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
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.
July 11th, 2016 by Elizabeth Vincent
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.
July 6th, 2016 by Peter Tang
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.
June 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
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…