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.
October 30th, 2017 by Rachel Miklaszewski
This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. The Deputy Director of Engagement and Partnerships for tnAchieves, Graham Thomas, TNPromise mentor Angela Saylor, and TNPromise student Mary Rose Uwimana joined us to discuss how tnAchieves supports TNPromise students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education.
October 26th, 2017 by Elizabeth Vincent
From literacy and project-based learning to teacher leadership initiatives, 120 educators in northeast Tennessee learned from one another at the Elevating and Celebrating Effecting Teaching and Teachers (ECET²) convening. Six different school districts were represented at the event organized by Sullivan County Schools held on September 29-30, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The active collaboration on display between educators of different districts was one of the highlights. Participants talked about the “power in the invisible lines between districts,” and there truly was power in the collaboration at Sullivan County’s ECET². Northeast Tennessee students will benefit from the stronger relationships their teachers have built with one another.
October 23rd, 2017 by Kyle Southern
The latest ACT results for Tennessee show progress in college and career readiness of graduates and reflect the impact of the work by the state to encourage seniors to retake the exam. Across subject areas on the college-entrance exam, performance rose in notable ways. The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) reported that a calculation based on students’ best scores lifted the statewide average composite score to 20.1 on the exam's 36-point scale, a 0.2 increase from 19.9 last year. Still, these results should also be considered in the context of results released by the ACT organization in early September. Both the TDOE and ACT data have important insights to offer.
How Collaboration, Listening, And Reflection Are Leading Us To Set New Priorities For Tennessee StudentsOctober 19th, 2017 by Jamie Woodson
This year at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), we have been reflecting on the last decade of unprecedented progress for our students. SCORE’s very first public report, A Roadmap to Success, was released in 2009 with a plan for raising academic performance in Tennessee public schools. Since then, we have witnessed historic gains by students, including becoming the fastest-improving state for academic achievement on the Nation’s Report Card in 2013.
October 4th, 2017 by Dr. Sharon Roberts
Tennessee is getting a fresh perspective of how well students in grades 3-8 are meeting our higher expectations with the first TNReady assessment results for these younger students. With TNReady, Tennessee is resetting how we measure whether a student is on track and on grade level in English language arts and math, and the test is more challenging in a couple of ways. Some questions do not offer a list of answers to choose from, and some problems must be solved without a calculator.
September 28th, 2017 by Peter Tang
This post is part of Coffee and Conversation, a monthly interview series that highlights impactful, interesting work affecting Tennessee education. The founder of Teach Plus, Celine Coggins, joined us to discuss her latest book and how teachers can become advocates for their students’ success.
September 26th, 2017 by Elizabeth Vincent
Through a series of regional professional learning and teacher empowerment conferences in 2017, SCORE and several partners across the state are working to provide high-quality professional learning to Tennessee educators that promotes collaboration and celebrates effective teaching practices. Some of these conferences will be Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET²) conferences, and another will be hosted in partnership with the Knoxville-based nonprofit, Reach Them to Teach Them.
September 20th, 2017 by Jamie Woodson
SCORE and the Expect More, Achieve More Coalition are both committed to ensuring excellence in education for all students. The coalition has created information for parents and teachers about the importance and use of the TNReady reports. Parents can utilize the reports to help their child's learning continue beyond the classroom, and teachers can use the reports to help inform their teaching practices. We want to know whether students are on track for being prepared for school, career, and life.
September 14th, 2017 by Jerre Maynor
An analysis of the 2016 ACT retake showed clear opportunities to boost its impact this year. For instance, students who were most likely to increase overall were those with an initial composite score of 17 or below. However, students in this score range were underrepresented among students who participated in the retake. In order to increase access and equitable participation in the ACT retake, we engineered several important changes for the 2017 ACT retake.