October 30th, 2017 by Rachel Miklaszewski
This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. The Deputy Director of Engagement and Partnerships for tnAchieves, Graham Thomas, TNPromise mentor Angela Saylor, and TNPromise student Mary Rose Uwimana joined us to discuss how tnAchieves supports TNPromise students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education.
October 26th, 2017 by Elizabeth Vincent
From literacy and project-based learning to teacher leadership initiatives, 120 educators in northeast Tennessee learned from one another at the Elevating and Celebrating Effecting Teaching and Teachers (ECET²) convening. Six different school districts were represented at the event organized by Sullivan County Schools held on September 29-30, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The active collaboration on display between educators of different districts was one of the highlights. Participants talked about the “power in the invisible lines between districts,” and there truly was power in the collaboration at Sullivan County’s ECET². Northeast Tennessee students will benefit from the stronger relationships their teachers have built with one another.
October 23rd, 2017 by Kyle Southern
The latest ACT results for Tennessee show progress in college and career readiness of graduates and reflect the impact of the work by the state to encourage seniors to retake the exam. Across subject areas on the college-entrance exam, performance rose in notable ways. The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) reported that a calculation based on students’ best scores lifted the statewide average composite score to 20.1 on the exam's 36-point scale, a 0.2 increase from 19.9 last year. Still, these results should also be considered in the context of results released by the ACT organization in early September. Both the TDOE and ACT data have important insights to offer.
Letter From Jamie Woodson: How Collaboration, Listening, And Reflection Are Leading Us To Set New Priorities For Tennessee StudentsOctober 19th, 2017 by Jamie Woodson
This year at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), we have been reflecting on the last decade of unprecedented progress for our students. SCORE’s very first public report, A Roadmap to Success, was released in 2009 with a plan for raising academic performance in Tennessee public schools. Since then, we have witnessed historic gains by students, including becoming the fastest-improving state for academic achievement on the Nation’s Report Card in 2013.
October 4th, 2017 by Dr. Sharon Roberts
Tennessee is getting a fresh perspective of how well students in grades 3-8 are meeting our higher expectations with the first TNReady assessment results for these younger students. With TNReady, Tennessee is resetting how we measure whether a student is on track and on grade level in English language arts and math, and the test is more challenging in a couple of ways. Some questions do not offer a list of answers to choose from, and some problems must be solved without a calculator.