Delivering effective instruction and strategic support to students is a top priority for Tennessee educators. SCORE has prepared these resources for teachers, school and district leaders, and education advocates to guide planning, implementation, and funding for initiatives designed to accelerate student learning.

Instructionally Coherent Literacy Support

Early Literacy Success For All Students: A Coherent Path Forward

This groundbreaking new report charts a new path forward for academic support in early grades literacy.


K-3 Early Literacy Instructional Coherence Literacy Support Toolkit

SCORE is also pleased to share a set of K-3 Literacy Instructional Coherence Tools to guide system- and school-level planning.


Report Summary: Early Literacy Success For All Students

This two-page summary highlights important findings from our report, Early Literacy Success For All Students: A Coherent Path Forward.


Tennessee Case Studies

This document offers case studies from two Tennessee districts who worked during the 2022-23 school year to create more instructionally coherent experiences for students in early grades literacy.


Instructional Coherence Webinar

This recording of our webinar covers key findings from the report and highlights how two Tennessee districts are working to increase instructionally coherent academic support in early grades literacy.


High-Dosage Tutoring

High-Dosage Tutoring Implementation Guide

High-dosage tutoring provides students personalized support to address their specific learning gaps and can be covered with federal education recovery resources. This guide summarizes research findings and emerging practices in three Tennessee districts.

SCORE Institute: High-Dosage Tutoring That Works For Students

This 75-minute seminar explores what research suggests about effective practices and features a panel discussion with leaders from three Tennessee districts that have tried high-dosage tutoring.


High-Dosage Tutoring Produces Positive Outcomes For Lenoir City Students

Educators are realizing the impact of high-dosage tutoring for education recovery following pandemic learning disruptions. Leaders at Lenoir City Schools show us how it can be done.

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Summer Learning

Maximizing Summer Learning

Summer content planning guidance drawn from the experiences of Tennessee school districts in 2021.

2022 Summer School Planning Guide

This guide gives educators who are preparing to offer robust summer learning opportunities advice for structuring math and English language arts content that leverages high-quality instructional materials.

SCORE Institute: Maximizing Summer Learning

This 75-minute seminar covers how to plan content for summer learning camps, with presentations of national findings and learnings from three Tennessee districts.


How Districts Can Maximize Summer Learning, Improve Student Outcomes

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Third Grade Tennessee Summer School Guidance

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ESSER Spending

Trends In Tennessee ESSER Plans: A Landscape Analysis Of District Allocations

The federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) provides support for school districts to carry out plans for educational recovery from the pandemic. SCORE analyzed the ESSER plans for Tennessee districts to better understand how districts are allocating these federal resources through 2024.

SCORE Institute: Trends In Tennessee ESSER Plans

This 75-minute seminar explores the SCORE analysis of ESSER plans in Tennessee and hears perspectives from leaders in Metro Nashville Public Schools and Lauderdale County Schools. Download the SCORE Institute slide deck.



ESSER Spending Dashboard

The data dashboard allows searches based on district plans that were publicly available on December 31, 2021, and displays planned allocations for four focus areas: academics, student readiness, educators, and foundations.

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Unprecedented Federal Funding Is An Opportunity To Recover, Reinvent Our Education System

This blog highlights three key considerations for district leaders to ensure lasting, long-term benefits for student learning from COVID-related federal funding.

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SCORE Institute: Leveraging Education Resources To Accelerate Student Learning

This 75-minute seminar offers recommendations for investing federal resources in a way that meets immediate needs of students while also focusing on disrupting troubling long-term trends in education.


ESSER 3.0 Funding: From Emergency Response To Reinvention

This memo offers recommendations for investing federal resources in a way that meets immediate needs of students while also focusing on disrupting troubling long-term trends.

Teacher Pipeline

SCORE Institute: Teaching & Tutoring Strategies That Endure

This 75-minute webinar look at options for sustainable recovery and reinvention designs and implementation, with a focus on high-dosage tutoring and teacher pipeline strategies.


Postsecondary Success

SCORE Institute: Momentum Metrics For Greater Postsecondary Success

This webinar gives an overview of Momentum Metrics, a set of indicators predictive of students’ postsecondary enrollment and success, plus a look at how two Tennessee school districts are using those metrics to boost postsecondary success for students.



New Student-Focused Laws Address Big K-12 Challenges In Tennessee

New laws will enable our state to take on some of the biggest challenges facing K-12 education – addressing Tennessee’s literacy crisis, hastening learning recovery from pandemic disruptions, continuing statewide assessment of student learning while installing a year of accountability flexibility, and increasing teacher compensation.

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COVID-19 Increases The Urgency To Improve Broadband Coverage

A state report identifies gaps in broadband access across Tennessee and looks at the struggles of unserved and underserved communities.

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Teacher Preparation

Although the COVID-19 situation is unique, and the student needs are greater than before, research-supported strategies can foster greater effectiveness in new teachers.

The Value Of State Assessment Data To Educators, Families

Parents, students, and educators need statewide assessment information more than ever this school year, while pandemic-related disruptions call for accountability flexibility.

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