• Five Things Tennessee Parents Need to Know About ESSA

    December 12th, 2016 by

    Over the next several weeks, Tennesseans have the opportunity to offer community feedback on the state’s ESSA plan at town hall meetings hosted by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). But if you aren’t closely following federal education policy you may be wondering, “What is ESSA?How do you even pronounce that? And most importantly, what does this mean for Tennessee students?” Don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone. But by the end of this post, you’ll have answers to all those questions and more.

  • Ready to Serve: Education’s Impact on Our Armed Forces

    December 6th, 2016 by

    There is a national security crisis facing our country. This crisis isn’t a threat from overseas but something that is happening inside our national and state borders. It is the crisis of our youth population being unqualified to serve in our armed forces.

  • Building, Experimenting, Inventing: 3 Innovative Science-in-Action Programs in Tennessee

    November 21st, 2016 by

    There are schools across Tennessee that are growing their science, technology, engineering, and math programs with an emphasis on giving students a chance to directly experiment and apply concepts to reality. To show off some of the great work happening in Tennessee schools, here are three programs in the news that are worth sharing and celebrating.

  • Federal Educator Preparation Regulations and Recommendations for Tennessee

    November 15th, 2016 by

    SCORE recently released a report on teacher preparation in Tennessee in which we highlighted the need to better prepare early-career teachers for the classroom. Fittingly, that same week, the US Department of Education (USDOE) released long-awaited regulations for teacher preparation programs.

  • Three Words that Describe SCORE’s Visit to Satterfield Middle School

    November 8th, 2016 by

    Caring and strategic. Those words usually don’t go together, but they both fit Troudale County’s Jim B. Satterfield Middle School. SCORE visited the school in October and observed both how the school’s vision and operation reflected their commitment to thoughtful planning and carefully recorded data, and also reflected effusive camaraderie and care. It was a blend of mind and heart.

  • Letter from Jamie Woodson: Preparing Tennessee Students for the Opportunity Ahead

    November 2nd, 2016 by

    Opportunity. That is the one word astronaut Butch Wilmore, a Tennessean who spent half a year on the International Space Station, wants Tennessee students to remember. “Education gives opportunity. And that’s the only thing that gives you opportunity to choose what field you want to go into,” Captain Wilmore told students during a statewide tour last week with Governor Haslam and Commissioner McQueen. The reason for the visits to hundreds of students at three schools was to share the good news that Tennessee students have made record-setting gains in science on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

  • Historically Underserved Students Accelerate Tennessee’s Rise on NAEP Science Assessment

    November 1st, 2016 by

    Last week, new results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, showed Tennessee students doubling the average national growth in both fourth- and eighth-grade science, propelling Tennessee’s ranking into the top half of all states. Why is this so important? As a subject area, science is uniquely cross-cutting, involving critical thinking, mathematics, understanding of the physical world, and students’ imagination. Because it compels students to draw on several bodies of knowledge–often in the context of real-world challenges–science matters (a lot).

  • Woodson: Science Growth Outperforms Nation, Prepares Tennessee Students for Future

    October 27th, 2016 by

    Tennessee can take real pride in the state science grades on the Nation’s Report Card, which marks the first time that the state has scored in the top 20 in any subject on the assessment. Tennessee fourth-graders and eighth-graders not only grew faster than the nation as a whole, their gains were double the national pace.

  • 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.

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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).