SCORE works to ensure public education in Tennessee continues to deliver academic progress for students from kindergarten through career. SCORE informs and influences state policy, monitors progress to measure impact and identify challenges, and prioritizes Tennessee’s education agenda.

SCORE has four goals centered on students and their success:

  1. All students receive an excellent public K-12 education. Success measures include the percentage of students performing at or above grade level on the statewide assessment and the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
  2. All students earn a credential or postsecondary degree. Key success indicators are the college-going rate of high school graduates, retention in postsecondary education, and postsecondary credential and degree attainment.
  3. All students are prepared for a career that enables economic independence. Success measures include statewide progress in wages and employment.
  4. Across all goals, all students have equitable opportunities for success. All metrics will viewed for progress by household income, race, ethnicity, geography, and special needs of students.

SCORE believes three components are essential to achieving Tennessee’s student achievement goals.

Excellent educators
Preparing, recruiting, supporting, and retaining excellent teachers & leaders
High expectations
Ensuring all schools and systems meet high expectations
K-12 to career alignment
Aligning K-12 and college with career and life success

Collaboration: We believe that effective collaboration leads to sustainable change. We recognize that our resources and abilities are only a small part of what is needed to help all Tennessee students reach their potential. Therefore, we believe that by partnering with others our ability to achieve impact is greater. We are mindful that we do not have all of the answers, and so we work to listen and learn with humility. Within our organization, we believe that collaboration is equally important. We know that excellent teams, composed of high-performing, flexible, and engaged team members can have an enormous impact on student achievement.

Optimism: We believe that all students in Tennessee can achieve at a high level when we provide the opportunities that they deserve. We believe that we can, in collaboration with our colleagues across the state, build systems that help our students achieve their potential. We are relentlessly student-centered in our decision making, prioritizing the needs of students over the comfort of adults.

Courage: We make hard decisions when they improve the academic achievement and life prospects of Tennessee students. We operate with a strong sense of possibility and look for paths to success in our own work. Our expectation and value of optimism and courage extends to our external partners as well.

Excellence: We hold ourselves and our partners to high standards for our daily work and for reaching our goals. We have high expectations of ourselves and value pushing and encouraging each other as team members to continuously improve. We actively seek and give feedback in an effort to improve outcomes for ourselves and the students we serve. We believe in the importance of continuous improvement and strive for a higher level of performance in all of our work. We approach our individual work with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude of “whatever it takes to get the job done – and done well.”

Innovation: We believe that many of the most difficult challenges in education can be solved through creative and innovative solutions. We are committed to identifying, cultivating, and spreading innovations that will accelerate our work to prepare students for college and the workforce. We do this work by identifying promising practices in the field and amplifying the voices of educators who are improving outcomes for students through innovative practices.