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September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
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October 30, 2017
Hey, we heard you. You had a lot of questions about TNReady. We found answers.
Chalkbeat takes some of our readers' top concerns about Tennessee's new test directly to the state Department of Education.
October 17, 2017
Teacher pay raises on schedule in Memphis despite possible changes to evaluation scores
Memphis teachers will start receiving their performance-based salary increases in November, even though evaluation scores could change for at least 587 educators.
October 16, 2017
Memphis teachers union calls on Tennessee to invalidate TNReady over scoring errors
From the State Capitol, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell called for a hearing on recently revealed scoring errors by the state department's testing vendor.
October 13, 2017
Missing student data means 900 Tennessee teachers could see their growth scores change
The latest glitch follows a series of mishaps, including test scanning errors, which also affect teacher evaluations.
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September 27, 2017
The state-run Achievement Schools has a new academic leader. Here’s her vision for amplifying the district’s top teachers
Verna Ruffin’s role with the five-year-old Achievement School District a new one. She's tasked with raising the academic bar across all 32 ASD schools.
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September 19, 2017
Most Tennessee districts are showing academic growth, but districts with the farthest to go improved the least
It’s not just Memphis: Across Tennessee, districts with many struggling schools posted lower-than-expected growth scores on this year’s state exams, the data shows.
September 18, 2017
Most Memphis schools score low on student growth under new state test
Find out how your school fared in growth on the state's new test in this Chalkbeat exclusive.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
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March 20, 2017
William Sanders, pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers, dies
The Tennessee statistician and researcher came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious debate.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
December 12, 2016
Your guide to district- and school-level TNReady scores
Tennessee soon will release district- and school-level scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test.
September 20, 2016
Analysis: Memphis students from closed schools don’t always go to better ones
Up to 2,600 Memphis students leaving 10 closed schools since 2012 were assigned to schools with similar, if not worse, test scores, according to a Chalkbeat analysis.
July 22, 2016
Tennessee first-grade teachers now can be evaluated beyond test scores
The State Board of Education votes to update its evaluation policy, adding a new option for first-grade teachers.
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