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.
April 20th, 2016 by Erika Leicht
Students in Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools do not need to wait until high school to begin exploring career possibilities. Postsecondary learning opportunities start in fourth grade and continue until senior year of high school. Opportunities include career pathways fairs, meetings with local business and non-profit employees, CTE courses, and a senior-year summer internship.
April 18th, 2016 by Erika Leicht
What if communities had the workforce data they need to close skills gaps and attract business and industry? In a growing number of communities across the country, the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, from the makers of the ACT college admissions test, is helping to make this a reality.
April 14th, 2016 by Erika Leicht
The Academies of Nashville are structured similarly to a university. Within a university, there are different colleges, and within each college there are different majors. Likewise, each zoned high school in MNPS has multiple academies. Antioch High School, for example, has four academies: the Academy of Automotive Technology and Design, the Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing, and the Academy of Teaching and Services.
April 14th, 2016 by Jamie Woodson
Tennessee has just gotten valuable new information about great teaching across the state in the new report, Equitable Access to Highly Effective Teachers for Tennessee Students. This report reveals, for the first time, the extent of uneven access to great teaching that affects our ability to deliver on the promise of preparing all students for success after high school. The report has put numbers to what its authors call Tennessee’s “effective teaching gap.”
April 13th, 2016 by Rachel Miklaszewski
This summer, as part of the Read to Be Ready initiative, the Tennessee Department of Education is offering summer reading program grants, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. Schools, districts, non-profits, and even individuals can apply for this grant, if their program provides rich reading and writing opportunities for students who have just finished the first, second, or third grade.
April 12th, 2016 by Erika Leicht
At the Greene Technology Center in Greeneville, students have over a dozen different career and technical education (CTE) programs to choose from. Among the broad range of options are automotive repair, cosmetology, criminal justice, health science, early childhood education, and welding. The center serves high school students from both the Greeneville City and Greene County School Systems as well as adult learners.
April 6th, 2016 by Erika Leicht
Learning in White County happens both in and out of the classroom. At White County High School (WCHS) in Sparta, Tennessee, students can choose from over a dozen programs of study in career and technical education (CTE). To complement its broad CTE offerings in mechatronics, welding, audio/visual production, agriculture, and other areas, WCHS also offers work-based learning that places 15 seniors each semester with local employers for real-world experiences in line with their field of study.