• Letter From Jamie Woodson: Leadership Is A Lever To Lift Students To Greater Academic Heights

    June 20th, 2018 by

    Educators devote their professional lives to lifting others, and strong leadership is crucial to providing the support necessary for accomplishing great things for students. As SCORE prepared the report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation, we heard from Tennesseans across the state that one priority had to be focused on developing school leaders who are ready to lead learning and people.

  • High Expectations, Rigorous Assessment, And Closing The Honesty Gap In Tennessee

    June 4th, 2018 by

    Honesty is the best policy, especially when we are talking about student achievement. In separate reports, Harvard University researchers and the nonprofit organization Achieve, have identified Tennessee as a national leader in erasing the gap between measures of student proficiency on statewide assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Eleven years ago, such progress in closing what Achieve calls “the honesty gap” seemed unimaginable for Tennessee.

  • Four Important Findings On Why Principals Matter

    May 24th, 2018 by

    In the SCORE Excellence for All report, we highlighted the instrumental role principals play in making sure all Tennessee students succeed and identified leadership development as one of five key priorities for improving student achievement in Tennessee. As a first step toward meeting this priority, SCORE’s policy and research team has published a new research brief that examines state and national research on school leadership. Here are some of our key findings.

  • Work-Based Learning Moves Tennessee Forward

    May 18th, 2018 by

    Tennesseans want our students to graduate with the skills needed to succeed in the “real world.” Work-based learning (WBL) in Tennessee provides students with invaluable real-world work experience with local employers while earning school credit. WBL programs bridge the gap between classroom coursework and in-demand careers.

  • SCORE Selects 38 Educators For 2018-19 Tennessee Educator Fellowship

    May 17th, 2018 by

    Thirty-eight educators have been selected for the 2018-19 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship. The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that helps teachers, school counselors, and librarians learn about education policy and equips them to advocate for their students and their profession.

  • Woodson: Statewide Assessment Improvements Must Begin With What Is Best For Students

    May 14th, 2018 by

    There is no question that this year’s TNReady testing was marked by challenges for many students, teachers, and school leaders. Because much of the statewide discussion about these problems has centered on the impact on adults, it is time to refocus attention on the most important question: “What is best for Tennessee students?” From that perspective, statewide assessment has significant value.

  • How Do We Make Schools The Place Where Students Go To Plan Their Futures?

    May 14th, 2018 by

    A key part of the Tennessee Department of Education's work on the Setting Students up for Success initiative is to collaborate with districts and schools to consider how school culture impacts young people’s ability and readiness to plan for their future. By taking steps to grow postsecondary-going culture in our elementary, middle, and high schools, students will be more likely to envision themselves pursuing postsecondary education and taking tangible steps to achieve their goals.

  • Choosing A Career In Teaching Because Teachers Change Lives

    May 9th, 2018 by

    I want to be a teacher. I haven’t always, but over the course of my undergraduate career at the University of Notre Dame, I’ve realized that my whole life has led up to this profession.

  • Voices Of A New Generation Of Future Educators

    May 7th, 2018 by

    The best parts of “my job” are getting to celebrate with students when they figure things out and support them when they need someone to lean on. Student voice has been an important part of our work in the Future Educator Leadership Academy. I’ve led one-on-one conversations with students about their future plans and why they may consider a career in teaching.

  • NAEP Scores Show Sustained Progress, Opportunities For Improvement

    May 3rd, 2018 by

    The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is called the Nation’s Report Card because it tracks student progress over many years and provides a way to compare academic performance between states. Digging deeper into the 2017 results released in April, what do the data tell us about how well we’ve done in Tennessee?

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The SCORE Sheet is the online conversation on public education reform in Tennessee and is hosted by SCORE. The blog mirrors SCORE’s collaborative nature and features contributors from Tennessee and across the country including students, parents, teachers, policymakers, community groups, and members of SCORE’s team. Regardless of perspective, contributors share a common goal: that every child graduates from high school prepared for college or the workforce.

Posts on The SCORE Sheet are the opinions of the individual contributors and are not necessarily reflective of the opinions and positions of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).