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October 27, 2015
Two years after outsized gains, Tennessee’s scores on national exam are flat
In a year when a many states posted declines, Tennessee's scores on the National Education Assessment Program (NAEP) test stayed the same.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
September 25, 2015
Commissioner visits Shelby County school that vaulted from priority to reward status
Candice McQueen visits Springdale Memphis Magnet School to acknowledge its academic growth last school year.
College and career readiness
September 21, 2015
Leaders highlight K-12 schools’ role in ‘Drive to 55’
In the third year of a push to ramp up the number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials, state leaders reflect on the role of public schools.
Grading the tests
September 15, 2015
State education task force recommends elimination of some tests, release of TNReady questions
Amid concerns about over-testing and transparency, an 18-member task force recommends that districts eliminate tests and that the state releases test questions annually.
September 4, 2015
State says most districts are ‘online ready’ for new state assessment, with Shelby County an exception
When Tennessee students log on next spring to take their statewide assessments on computers, most districts will be ready, says a new state report.
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.
from the top
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.
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