• Parents and Teachers Tell Tennessee Students “Don’t Stress. Do Your Best.” On TNReady

    April 25th, 2017 by

    What does it feel like to try something new or take on a new challenge? On the front end, there might be excitement or worry. Eventually, however, those new or…

  • The Importance of Strong Literacy Instructional Materials

    April 20th, 2017 by

    In districts across Tennessee, exciting things are happening in K-2 literacy. What’s behind these great moments? In each of these districts, teachers are trying out new instructional materials to support students’ reading and listening comprehension. So far, they’re seeing lessons that better reflect the demands of the Tennessee ELA standards and significant development in students’ abilities.

  • Check out Eight Sample Questions to Get a Feel for TNReady

    April 4th, 2017 by

    TNReady, Tennessee’s state test that better measures student progress, uses a few different types of question formats to give students a variety of ways to show what the know and can do. But for parents and older students who might be used to tests that rely predominantly or entirely on multiple-choice questions, it’s important to know that TNReady is different.

  • The Volunteer State Is Stepping Up to Support Military Students in School

    March 16th, 2017 by

    SCORE and the Expect More, Achieve More Coalition are both committed to ensuring excellence in education for all our students. By raising awareness about the difficulties Tennessee military families face and by providing supports to those families and their students, we move forward in that goal of academic excellence and we also better serve those who serve our country.

  • A SCORE Graduate Fellow Explains His Path from Teacher to Student to Fellow

    March 14th, 2017 by

    While my time at Vanderbilt has been invaluable in providing the theoretical foundations for the next steps in my career, SCORE has helped define and refine many of the specific skills that will be used in my future. Since I joined the team as a graduate fellow last fall, SCORE has given me an opportunity to marry my newly-polished skills with practical applications. SCORE is a dynamic organization that values communication, constant improvement, and a deep focus on students. SCORE emphasizes research, innovation, accuracy, and collaboration. Underscoring this culture is a sense of urgency and belief in all students in Tennessee.

  • Parents, Learn More about TNReady – a Test That Matters

    March 9th, 2017 by

    Beginning April 17, approximately 600,000 students in Tennessee will sharpen their No. 2 pencils and take TNReady, Tennessee’s new state assessment. There’s a lot of information out there about what TNReady is, why Tennessee kids are taking it, and how you can help them prepare. If you’re a parent and you’re already juggling a half million things – soccer practice, homework, and work – you might feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry – this SCORE Sheet post is for you.

  • Coffee and Conversation: Education and Tennessee’s Military Families

    February 27th, 2017 by

    Anne Haston, an advocate for military families and students, talks to the SCORE Sheet about the intersection between education and the military, some of the unique challenges for military families, and the new AIM High TN initiative in this Coffee and Conversation.

  • AIM High TN Steering Committee: Supporting Military Families Through Education

    February 21st, 2017 by

    Join us in supporting Tennessee’s military families by telling your friends, neighbors, and colleagues about this important initiative and visit our website at www.aimhightn.com.

  • Knowledge-Rich Texts Lay the Foundation for Early-Literacy Progress

    January 18th, 2017 by

    Trousdale, Putnam, and Sullivan counties are particularly focused on reading aloud texts that not only teach students new words but also share important facts about real-world topics, like colonial history and science. The Tennessee ELA standards require students to “establish a base of knowledge across a wide range of subject matter” and “gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise”. A strong read-aloud unit focuses on high-quality texts around a common topic that builds students’ knowledge and understanding of the world, such as the human body, colonial towns and townspeople, or seasons and weather.

  • SCORE Internship Reflection: Education and Equity Close to Home

    January 3rd, 2017 by

    Moving into my senior year, I sought to get more experience working with education policy, especially to see how the policies, guidelines, and recommendations produced out of DC connect with the work being done at the state and local level. As a Nashville native and graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, I was interested in getting involved with work related to reducing educational disparities in schools closest to home.

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).