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September 3, 2015
As first concrete step of reading initiative, McQueen seeks educators for Early Literacy Council
The Department of Education seeks educators, community members to give input on sweeping literacy initiative
August 26, 2015
Tennessee’s average ACT scores mostly stagnant
Despite efforts to increase student achievement, the average Tennessee ACT composite score is below the threshold for college readiness.
August 20, 2015
Tennessee rolls out sweeping literacy initiatives amid stagnant reading scores
Calling Tennessee's stagnant literacy rates a "true ethical and moral dilemma," Candice McQueen discusses her first major initiative as education commissioner.
August 3, 2015
State officials recognize 170 schools for achievement, growth
The annual reward list comprises Tennessee's top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
July 29, 2015
State officials walk fine line of praising test scores and bracing for drops next year
Even as state education officials release an upbeat assessment of the latest TCAP results, they are bracing for falling scores next year under a new state test.
July 23, 2015
Waiver lets state focus more on school improvement than on punishment
The U.S. Department of Education announces that Tennessee will continue to receive flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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July 17, 2015
Education officials: Tennessee’s weakest schools improved during Barbic’s tenure
Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen praise outgoing Achievement School District Superintendent Chris Barbic.
July 16, 2015
Tennessee teachers school Haslam on testing, evaluations during first Teachers Cabinet meeting
Gov. Bill Haslam convenes the first meeting of his Teachers Cabinet by quizzing teachers on everything from professional development to evaluations to student testing.
June 18, 2015
Five takeaways from Tennessee’s ‘quick score’ flap
After a month of explanations, here’s what we know — and what we don't know — about the confusion that erupted over this year's preliminary state achievement test scores.
June 12, 2015
Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalists announced
The Tennessee Department of Education announces nine finalists for the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award.
June 9, 2015
McQueen: Change in ‘quick score’ calculation ‘needed to happen’
Two weeks after state education officials apologized for a miscommunication over test scores, members of the State Board of Education ask their own questions.
May 21, 2015
Are teachers unwittingly contributing to testing anxiety?
As the state adopts tougher tests to measure how much students know, parents and education leaders worry the new climate adds to student stress.
May 5, 2015
Tennessee teacher gets welcome surprise on National Teacher Day
To mark National Teacher Appreciation Week, the state's education commissioner singles out some of Tennessee's best teachers based on a statewide student essay contest.
March 2, 2015
State education commissioner names testing task force
Responding to complaints of ‘too much testing' in Tennessee public schools, a 23-member task force will examine the matter and issue a report this summer.
February 5, 2015
Union files lawsuit contesting fairness of using test scores to judge elective teachers
Tennessee's largest teachers union sues state and district education officials in Nashville and Anderson County, challenging teacher evaluations based on test scores of students in courses they did not teach.
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