• 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).

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).