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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.
November 5, 2019
‘Whole child’ among Tennessee’s new priorities amid concerns about student mental health
Commissioner Penny Schwinn rolls out the state's 5-year strategic plan for education.
November 4, 2019
Tennessee’s ACT average dips for the first time since 2013
The average ACT score went down slightly with Tennessee’s Class of 2019.
National testing time
October 30, 2019
Memphis shows reading, math improvement on national test, but lags behind other urban districts
The most significant jump in student performance on the national test was in eighth-grade math where the average score increased by eight points.
October 30, 2019
Tennessee earns mostly flat scores on Nation’s Report Card but climbs national rankings anyway
The upward trajectory is notable, even though the climb is due more to declines in other states than rising scores in Tennessee.
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 27, 2019
Pearson is ramping up as Tennessee’s new testing company. Here’s how.
Leaders with Pearson Inc. have criss-crossed Tennessee for the last month as the testing giant takes over the job of managing standardized testing.
September 23, 2019
Schwinn retreats — for now — from changing how Tennessee judges its schools
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she is backing off from pursuing changes to the way Tennessee judges its public schools this school year.
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.
Updated September 13, 2019
Tennessee lawmakers tell education chief to slow down on school accountability changes
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn wants to change the way the state judges its public schools.
September 10, 2019
A renewed debate in Tennessee: Should schools be judged by how much students know, or how much they grow?
Commissioner Penny Schwinn's agenda may include changes to how Tennessee schools are evaluated.
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.
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