• The Tennessee Educator Survey: Why It Is Important For Educators

    March 29th, 2018 by

    It’s that time of year where you are either in or close to your spring break, or in the final stretch of the school year. That also means it’s an incredibly busy time of the year, including a variety of state assessments and end of the year events. Responding to the Tennessee Educator Survey may not be high on your priority list - but it should be!

  • It Matters: Recruit And Prepare The Best And Brightest For Education Career

    March 27th, 2018 by

    Having an effective educator for every Tennessee student is one of the most important ways to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. Teachers are the most important in-school factor for raising student achievement, and their work is vital to preparing students for postsecondary studies and jobs. Making Tennessee the best state for teaching is one of the five priorities in the SCORE report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation. Since the report’s release, progress has already been made on several of this priority’s recommendations.

  • The First Crossroads

    March 27th, 2018 by

    As a recent college graduate, I am continuing to grow my understanding of how I can frame a career around social impact through my current internships with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and with another nonprofit, Hands4Others. This juncture is incredibly significant as the decisions I make from here will impact my trajectory.

  • Letter From Jamie Woodson: Why School Leadership Matters For Tennessee Students

    March 22nd, 2018 by

    At the helm of every great school is a great school leader. Principals set the tone, the culture, and the environment for learning. And, we know that principals are second only to teachers when it comes to raising student achievement. In fact, principals can account for up to a quarter of in-school factors that affect student performance. Strong school leaders help drive faster academic gains for Tennessee students.

  • The Value Of The Tennessee Educator Survey

    March 21st, 2018 by

    Tennessee Education Research Alliance researchers work closely with Tennessee Department of Education staff to craft questions for the Tennessee Educator Survey that allow for nuance and honesty from educators across a variety of important topics like school climate, educator evaluation, and instructional improvement. We work hard to get each question just right because when we receive honest, nuanced feedback from educators, our answers to key research questions are much more likely to distinguish between what might look successful on the surface and what might actually be successful in practice.

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).