Education is changing daily in Tennessee, and SCORE communicates regularly about these developments with stakeholders, educators, parents, and the public at large.

Building On Tennessee’s Foundations For Student Success

Tennessee’s foundational policies in academic standards, annual assessment, and educator evaluation provide the fundamental building blocks of a high-quality education system. As Tennessee considers future opportunities to accelerate student learning, our collective commitment to these essential policies enable the practices and innovations that will propel our students to the success we all know they can…

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A Teacher’s Perspective: Elevating My Professional Growth In Tennessee

One of the four priorities in SCORE’s annual report, Priorities For Progress: 2018-19 State Of Education In Tennessee, focuses on Tennessee’s foundations for student success. The innovations and raised expectations from a few years ago have now become the bedrock for Tennessee’s current and future success. A specific student-focused policy that has helped drive the…

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What Tennessee Must Do To See Student Achievement Climb Higher, Faster

(This column was written for The Tennessean and published on March 11, 2019.) A decade ago, the nonprofit State Collaborative for Reforming Education, or SCORE, began collaborating with Tennessee’s leaders, educators, and community and education advocates to make Tennessee one of the fastest-improving states in the nation. Children in Tennessee today have better opportunities for…

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Stay Connected: Sign Up For The Classroom To Career Newsletter

Tennessee is considering new policies and practices for postsecondary and workforce readiness, including two proposals from Governor Bill Lee to strengthen career and technical education offerings as well as provide students with more career-focused classes. SCORE has launched the monthly Classroom To Career newsletter to highlight relevant news about the work to reimagine college and career readiness in Tennessee.

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How To Support Teachers And The Teaching Profession In Tennessee

While teaching is a demanding job, it is also the best job in the world! Teaching is a calling because educators help students academically and emotionally; the greatest reward in teaching comes from knowing that I have had a positive impact on a student’s life. Because teaching is integral to student success, supporting great teaching is a priority identified in the new SCORE report, Priorities For Progress: 2018-19 State Of Education In Tennessee. 

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The Injustice Of Easy: Why Our Students Deserve More

I am a mother of three and a first-grade teacher. I spend my days with young children, and I love young children. I understand the importance of exploration, discussion, and play. I believe that friendship and fun are essential to a developing child. I believe there is a place for ‘cute,’ and I love to partake in their laughter and creative play. But lowering the bar for the content children receive in the classroom because of their age is a disservice to our youngest learners. 

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