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February 15, 2019
Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators
The state's 40 teacher prep programs maintain or improve their scores on a new report card.
November 15, 2018
McQueen: Working with Haslam on education was ‘a perfect match’ — and it’s time to move on
In an interview, the commissioner talks about why she took the state's top ed job in 2015 — and why she's leaving now.
November 15, 2018
Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit
Tennessee’s top education chief is leaving state government. Candice McQueen will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in January.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
It takes a village
March 1, 2017
Nashville’s third-graders trail the state in reading proficiency. Here’s the city’s plan to change that.
As Tennessee grapples with its reading problem, Nashville kicks off its own literacy effort aimed at accelerating the reading skills of the city’s youngest students.
Stopping summer slide
May 17, 2016
Twelve summer reading programs share Tennessee’s inaugural literacy grant
As part of a larger effort to lift lagging literacy rates, the Tennessee Department of Education names recipients of a $1 million grant for summer reading programs.
December 17, 2014
Lipscomb dean will replace Huffman
A top official at one of Tennessee’s premier education schools will become Tennessee’s new education commissioner, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today.
November 4, 2013
Some Tennessee alternative training programs outperform traditional programs, study finds
Tennessee teachers who came to the classroom through some non-traditional routes regularly outperformed teachers from traditional training programs, according to a report on teacher education programs released Friday by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. A crop of alternative certification programs such as Teach for America grant teacher licenses to candidates who haven't completed a traditional teacher education program, and often involve candidates taking education classes while teaching full-time. Currently, 20 percent of the state’s teachers received alternative licenses. The 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs is an annual report required by a 2007 state law that analyzes the 42 teacher-training programs in the state, including the alternative programs. It reports on teacher placement and retention; on teachers' Praxis results; and on teachers' "effect data", as determined by the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, which uses students' test scores over time to evaluate teachers' performance. Traditionally and alternatively licensed teachers are compared to veteran teachers and beginning teachers.
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