• How Can Tennessee Support Military Families? Stability in Standards and Assessment and Increased Awareness

    April 26th, 2017 by

    Military families face a unique challenge with their children’s education. New surroundings, new schools and, most important, new and often unknown standards and expectations. Anyone who has ever served knows the problems involved in placing their military child in a new school, especially a school that might not be oriented to the unique challenges that confront military children. When I retired after 23 years, my oldest son was in the ninth grade and in his fifth school! Every time we moved, there were new standards, curriculum, texts, and new testing criteria.

  • 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…

  • What Is Tennessee’s Plan to Bring More Success to More Students?

    April 24th, 2017 by

    Tennessee proposes to use ESSA to continue efforts that have led to the recent academic gains while introducing new state-specific approaches to bring more success to more students.

  • 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.

  • These Three Teachers Support TNReady – Find out Why

    April 6th, 2017 by

    Three Tennessee teachers sit down with the SCORE Sheet to discuss how Tennessee's state test, TNReady, gives them information on their students' progress and plays a role in shaping how they teach. This interview is part of the SCORE Sheet's monthly Coffee and Conversation series.

  • 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.

  • Woodson: ESSA Plan Builds on ‘Tennessee Way’ for Increasing Student Achievement

    April 4th, 2017 by

    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has released this statement from Executive Chairman and CEO Jamie Woodson about the Every Student Succeeds Act plan that the Tennessee Department of…

  • 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.

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).