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Why creating an ‘oasis’ in his classroom is important to this Memphis teacher
C.J. Harris said that one of his greatest challenges as a teacher in Memphis is keeping students’ “trials and tribulations” far away from his classroom.
November 7, 2019
Tennessee considers tweaking school turnaround process to add more support and regional superintendents
State officials have been hinting for months that they might make changes to spark improvements in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools. Here's the first glimpse.
October 22, 2019
More funding, stronger accountability, better engagement: Memphians give input on the Achievement School District
While state officials didn’t offer specifics, they did say they are looking at moving to a four-step model for school turnaround work.
October 21, 2019
From creating ‘strong accountability’ to ending the district, here’s what Tennesseans propose for the Achievement School District’s future
Ahead of what education officials say is a pivotal moment for state turnaround efforts, Chalkbeat asked Tennesseans to share ideas about the Achievement School District.
October 16, 2019
What would you tell education leaders about the Achievement School District? We want to hear from you.
Chalkbeat Tennessee wants to know – what are your thoughts on the future of the Achievement School District, which is now in its eighth school year?
in the details
October 7, 2019
Some schools may exit Tennessee’s struggling turnaround district next year. But who will run them?
Because schools have never exited the Achievement School District for local control, no one is exactly sure how that should happen — not even state officials.
September 19, 2019
Before making big changes, Tennessee plans six community hearings on the future of school turnaround
A national search for a new leader of the Achievement School District won’t begin until after these sessions and any subsequent changes to the district.
Rules & Regs
Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
school level view
September 5, 2019
How a Memphis state-run school improved math scores 9 percentage points in one year
In math, Cornerstone Prep Denver’s student achievement is the highest of all 30 schools in the Achievement School District.
August 27, 2019
Here’s how two Nashville state-run schools are tackling teacher turnover, low student performance
LEAD Public Schools has significantly changed the way it runs its Achievement School District schools over the last two years.
August 15, 2019
As Tennessee’s turnaround district enters its eighth school year, scores remain stubbornly low
Only 3.4% of high schoolers in the Achievement School District met the state’s proficiency standards on this year’s math and English exams.
July 29, 2019
In a reversal, Memphis charter network to stay with Tennessee’s state district (for now)
Three weeks after a Memphis charter announced it would pull its school from the state-run Achievement District, officials say they've reached a temporary agreement.
in the room
July 25, 2019
Tennessee asked national education leaders how the state should fix its turnaround district. Here’s what they said.
Education leaders from across the country – whose work is driven by the belief that low-performing schools can be turned around – had some advice for Tennessee.
July 24, 2019
Ten new schools will open in Memphis this academic year, five have closed
This is the second consecutive year in which more charter schools than traditional district schools have shuttered.
Evolution of the ASD
July 23, 2019
Schwinn: No new schools will enter Tennessee’s turnaround district this year, but some may leave
Big changes will be coming to Tennessee’s Achievement School District within the next few months, the state’s education chief Penny Schwinn told Chalkbeat.
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