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February 8, 2018
Is your school in Tennessee’s bottom 10 percent? Here’s a list of 166 schools the state says need to improve
Here are three things to know about the warning list, which lists schools in the bottom 10 percent, followed by a searchable list.
June 28, 2017
Signal Mountain leaders just visited Shelby County to learn about school secession. Here are five things we heard.
Calling their trip a fact-finding mission, the mayor of Signal Mountain and a small committee of citizens met with leaders from Shelby County municipal school districts.
How I Teach
May 31, 2017
Why this award-winning teacher starts the year eating lunch with her students
Katie Baker, a Chattanooga teacher with Hamilton County Schools, is
in the zone
May 19, 2017
‘A revolutionary level of trust’: Empower Schools CEO on how Tennessee could partner to turn around Chattanooga schools
When state education officials met Thursday with Chattanooga leaders to discuss their newest idea for how to improve struggling schools there, they weren’t alone. In…
February 15, 2017
Tennessee required more recess, but teachers now say it’s too much
Lawmakers are hearing that the state's new recess requirements, while well-intentioned, went a little overboard.
school turnaround lessons
February 14, 2017
Too many good teachers are quitting Tennessee’s Achievement School District, researchers say
Researchers examine whether the state-run ASD and local iZones have been able to recruit and retain teachers with top ratings.
January 9, 2017
Here are four education issues to watch as Tennessee’s legislature kicks off
Tennessee lawmakers expect to revisit two perennial questions about school spending and vouchers during the 110th General Assembly, which starts this week.
School bus safety
November 22, 2016
Fatal Tennessee school bus crash reopens conversation on the cost of seat belts
The legislature has turned back seat belt proposals twice in the last decade because of the price tag of retrofitting school buses.
September 7, 2016
U.S. education secretary to visit four Tennessee schools next week
John King is scheduled for stops in Bristol, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis during a back-to-school bus tour.
August 15, 2016
During its year off from school takeovers, Tennessee’s turnaround district eyes Chattanooga
Leaders of the Achievement School District will begin talks with district and community leaders in Hamilton County in the coming months, a spokesman says.
October 7, 2008
Teacher-centered reforms key to Chattanooga schools' turnaround
Federal Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visiting a Chattanooga school in 2005. Bonuses for teachers based on value-added measures. Firing and selective re-hiring of all teachers. Were these the key reforms responsible for the significant improvement of the "Benwood eight," a group of struggling schools in central Chattanooga? Elena Silva of Education Sector argues in Phi Delta Kappan that what really turned around these schools was validation, support, and on-going professional development for Chattanooga's existing teaching force: [It} would be a mistake to conclude that efforts to bring different, more effective teachers into the Benwood eight represent the only -- or even the primary -- lesson of the Chattanooga reforms. What Benwood teachers needed most were not new peers or extra pay -- although both were helpful. Rather, they needed support and recognition from the whole community, resources and tools to improve as professionals, and school leaders who could help them help their students. The pay incentives didn't attract many new teachers, Silva says, but they were "a way of signaling that the local community valued the Benwood teachers and supported their work." Silva says that though the district made all teachers in the Benwood schools re-apply for their jobs, the majority were re-hired and the teaching staff in these schools did not change significantly, although the numbers she cites suggest that the re-hiring process was more than just letting go of a few bad apples. If cleaning house and providing performance incentives weren't wholly responsible for improvement, what was? The answer is all the more crucial given the blitz of new and expanded merit pay plans, teacher-linked data collection, and aggressive evaluation of teachers in districts across the country. Silva believes it was a host of reforms focusing on supporting teachers and improving their practice.
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