Statement from Senator Frist about Tennessee’s NAEP Results

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today released the following statement from founder and Chairman Senator Bill Frist, M.D., about the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, which showed gains for Tennessee in the state rankings:

Bill Frist-squareTennessee students are improving and their gains are real. They are getting smarter and better prepared, and thus will live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

That is what is confirmed today by the results of the most respected and consistent measure of our kids’ education, the Nation’s Report Card. Tennessee has shown steady and sustained advances compared to the rest of the country over the past four years. We are outpacing all of our peer states and even rank in the top 25 in fourth-grade math.

This remarkable progress can be attributed to community action, effective teaching, and kids who are now held to high expectations, coupled with state education policy that has set high standards.

Thought a laughable impossibility a decade ago, if we stay focused on kids and continue our demonstrated progress, Tennessee can be the best in K-12 education in America.

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The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the goal that every student in Tennessee graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the work force. SCORE was founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, and it drives collaboration across the state on policy and practice to ensure student success. We believe that we can achieve our goals for Tennessee’s students by empowering people to lead change on behalf of students, insisting on high expectations for what students can achieve, and fostering a culture of innovation.

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).