April 13th, 2018 by Marlon Heaston
As educators in the state of Tennessee, it is our professional responsibility to share researched-based best practices, have a growth mindset, and make every decision that will be in the best interest of our students. Right now, we have been empowered through the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) and the Tennessee Department of Education to share the current educational experiences in our schools.
April 12th, 2018 by Samantha Zern
When students apply for college, internships, or jobs, we are always asked to talk about our experiences in leadership and the impact that we’ve had in various areas of our lives. It often feels as though our stories are not quite big enough, our leadership level not high enough, our impact not far reaching enough. It’s easy to feel like there is always more you could be doing. These ideas became most clear to me when I first started to realize that I was destined to work in education.
April 10th, 2018 by Jamie Woodson
Tennessee has maintained most of the previous academic gains on the Nation’s Report Card with a new group of students and remains among the states that have made the most progress over the past 10 years. Performance is not yet at the high levels Tennesseans want for our students, however. As Tennessee enters a crucial time of leadership transition across state government, the performance highlights the significance of recommendations SCORE made last year in Excellence For All.
April 10th, 2018 by SCORE
Tennessee has sustained most of the state’s previous academic gains on the new Nation’s Report Card. While Tennessee remains among the states that have made the most progress since 2011, our students are not yet performing at the high levels Tennesseans want.
March 29th, 2018 by Beth Gotcher
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!
March 27th, 2018 by McKenzie Manning
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.
March 27th, 2018 by Salik Sohani
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.
March 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Woodson
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.
March 21st, 2018 by Erin O'Hara
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.
February 26th, 2018 by Katie McGhee
Tennessee has made dramatic gains in education in the past decade, with a huge part of the success being credited to the implementation of more rigorous academic standards. But the standards alone are just part of the puzzle, with an equal piece of the puzzle being found through instructional materials. And not just any instructional materials, but materials and textbooks of quality.