January 17th, 2018 by Jamie Woodson
At the start of each new year, I think about the promising opportunities that lie ahead for helping Tennessee students continue to grow academically. In 2017, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) heard from nearly 1,700 Tennesseans about their dreams and goals for students. We also know from a poll that SCORE commissioned last year that Tennessee voters have identified education as one of the top issues for the next governor. In this vein, Tennesseans will have an important opportunity to hear from gubernatorial candidates specifically about their visions for education next week.
January 5th, 2018 by Courtney Bell
Supporting every student to become a strong reader and writer is one of the priorities in the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)’s new report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation, that sets a collaborative vision for student achievement to continue over the next eight years. This priority is directly informed by the work of Leading Innovation for Tennessee Education (LIFT), a group of dedicated district, school, and classroom leaders from across Tennessee who are working together to improve early literacy.
December 27th, 2017 by Kendall Bernard
“Who remembers reading the book Goodnight Moon as a kid? Or better yet, who remembers having their parents read Goodnight Moon to them?” I, along with most of the other 15 college students seated around the wooden discussion table, raised my hand. I attended the same competitive, private school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Although I recognized I was lucky to have attended such an institution, I didn’t realize just how lucky I had been until I was asked this question. It was my freshman year of college and it was the first time I was really beginning to think about education.
December 22nd, 2017 by Carrie Bishop
As Tennessee raises the bar for students and teachers, TNReady shows us what work we have to do and gives us the specific information we need to plan a purposeful and intentional response. As a teacher and a mom, I understand that achievement is personal. Behind those scores are children and their future opportunities. When I look at some of the students’ scores, I have to remind myself that this is a data point on a path, and we are in this for the long haul.
December 20th, 2017 by Jamie Woodson
It was not too long ago that Tennessee set out to make unprecedented improvements for our students. Tennessee became the fastest-improving state for academic achievement in 2013 thanks to a shared vision, a commitment to focus on what is best for students, and much hard work. While the academic success of the past 10 years is tremendous and must be celebrated, we know there is much more to be done for our students. Tennesseans next want our students to be ranked among the best in the nation, and they have clear ideas for how we can achieve that.
December 15th, 2017 by Erin Rains
Why am I giving this test? How can it be useful to me? For me, these questions, and the resulting answers, are integral to the process of evaluating an instructional tool or activity. I must have purpose in order to determine action. Most recently I posed these questions regarding the use of the new TNReady score reports to help plan instruction. TNReady is, like any assessment, a snapshot of what students have learned. It is a checkpoint, and I treat it as such. Evaluate the results, learn the lesson it has to convey, and use the information to grow and improve.
December 7th, 2017 by Alisha Woodson
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has given states greater flexibility to use innovative approaches to improve student achievement. Now that the Tennessee Succeeds plan for ESSA has been approved, SCORE has informally heard from schools and districts about the need for support and resources to help with implementation of the strategic plan. Spotlighted here are a few national and Tennessee-specific innovations currently being implemented to address various areas of focus connected to student achievement.
November 29th, 2017 by SCORE
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today released a new report with five strategic priorities for continuing Tennessee’s unprecedented progress in student achievement through the year 2025. The report,…
Letter From Jamie Woodson: Across Tennessee, A Call For Public Education To Offer Excellence For AllNovember 21st, 2017 by Jamie Woodson
Next week, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) will release an important report that shares a collective vision for progress and priorities for Tennessee through the year 2025. The SCORE team has engaged and listened to almost 1,700 Tennesseans from across the state to understand what diverse stakeholders believe should be the next steps for our state’s students.
November 17th, 2017 by Paul Aderemi
I have been on both sides of the achievement gap. Compared to my peers in middle and high school in the Bronx, I was exceptional and among those who may have just beaten the odds. In college, I was Black, a statistic, unprepared for the rigorous classes and a barely above average student who struggled to stay in school. So far, my experiences in education have made me an increasingly more passionate advocate.