• Parents As Literacy Partners

    October 5th, 2018 by

    In spring 2018, Trousdale and Sullivan County Schools surveyed parents regarding their child’s early literacy instruction. Parents have an intimate view of their child’s literacy progress and needs, but their voice is easy to overlook. Leaders from these two districts share what they learned from parents and why they prioritized hearing their feedback.

  • Guidance For Implementing High-Quality Instructional Materials

    October 2nd, 2018 by

    LIFT districts have seen exciting early progress through the implementation of high-quality instructional materials and have worked to capture their learnings in their recently released Instructional Materials Implementation Guidebook. The guidebook seeks to summarize the initial learnings of the LIFT districts while providing a blueprint for other districts undertaking the difficult work of rolling out high-quality, aligned instructional materials.

  • Future Ready Summit: Helping Students Discover Successful Routes to College, Career & Opportunity

    October 1st, 2018 by

    The Future Ready Summit on October 18 in Nashville will explore how Tennessee can adopt innovative practices and use policy levers to prepare every student to make the most of postsecondary opportunities that lead to a successful future.

  • Why The ACT Retake Is An Important Opportunity For All High School Seniors

    October 1st, 2018 by

    The ACT is one of the most important college-ready indicators that we use for our students in Lenoir City. In Tennessee, we have the tremendous opportunity to provide a free retake to all public high school seniors who took the ACT for the first time as a junior.

  • Letter From Jamie Woodson: Helping Students Discover Successful Routes To College, Career & Opportunity

    September 26th, 2018 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education is hosting the Future Ready Summit: Helping Students Discover Successful Routes To College, Career & Opportunity, a full-day event on October 18 to explore this critical work ahead with state and national education and economic development leaders. Tennessee has the distinct opportunity to create a clear continuum where Tennessee students have strong connections for success with postsecondary and workforce needs upon graduating high school.

  • Why Materials Matter: A Teacher’s Perspective

    September 21st, 2018 by

    I find myself constantly in disbelief about what my students can do and how much they are learning. I have been using Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) materials in my classroom since fall 2017, when my district implemented the materials for all classrooms in grades K-3. Using these strong, content-rich materials has been extremely valuable for me, my school, and most importantly, my students.

  • From Practice To Policy: Remembering My Classroom As A SCORE Graduate Fellow

    September 18th, 2018 by

    I have spent nine months as a graduate fellow at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). In my time at SCORE, I have had to balance what I read in the research with my lived experience, and that combination of experiences strengthened my ability to be a thoughtful advocate for students.

  • Going Deeper With Early Literacy Implementation

    September 14th, 2018 by

    In SCORE’s report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation, one of the five key priorities is supporting every student to become a strong reader and writer. Leading Innovation for Tennessee Education (LIFT), a group of dedicated district, school, and classroom leaders from across Tennessee, has been working on just that for the past two years by providing teachers with high-quality, aligned instructional materials in English language arts (ELA) classrooms.

  • Education A Decisive Issue In Tennessee Race For Governor, SCORE Poll Finds

    September 10th, 2018 by

    Education ranks among the most important issues for Tennesseans who are likely to vote in the November election for governor, according to a statewide poll released by SCORE. One-third of voters said education is an important issue in deciding their vote for governor. When asked to be more specific, 25 percent of education-focused voters zeroed in on providing a high-quality education for students.

  • A Key Next Step: Strengthening The Connection Between K-12, Higher Education, And The Workforce

    September 6th, 2018 by

    In the last decade, Tennessee K-12 education policy has been guided by one primary goal: Every student must graduate ready for postsecondary education, entry into the workforce, or military service. While Tennessee has become the fastest-improving state in K-12 student achievement and we have seen a significant increase in our college-going rate, there have been challenges in linking K-12 to postsecondary and workforce in a seamless way.

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).