RISING SCORES Tennessee beats out almost all other states in gains on a science exam administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 2009 and 2015. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post

RIGHT-HAND MAN A 1980 graduate of Central High School, Brian Stockton becomes chief of staff for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

EARLY ED Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using Tennessee as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation to pause before expanding pre-kindergarten programs. Chalkbeat, Education Week

TALK MEMPHIS Listen to two Memphians talk about their passion for social entrepreneurism and education. The Commercial Appeal

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS With the national unemployment rate for people with disabilities nearly double the unemployment rate for those without, a partnership between a Germantown school and local businesses is working toward inclusive hiring. Memphis Business Journal

DANCE LESSONS A traveling program takes dance training into Shelby County Schools. Memphis Daily News

VIRTUAL REALITY Cheatham County high school students use virtual reality to practice road safety. The Tennessean

FOR THEIR PART Opinion: The Tennessean published a story criticizing lawful but privately funded trips made by a bipartisan group of public officials to visit schools in Rolesville, North Carolina. Now, those public officials are offering their side. The Tennessean

IN PHOTOS A collaborative concert brings together students from 47 county schools. Chattanooga Times Free Press

ANOTHER ASD Before Georgia voters decide whether to give the state the authority to take over schools it labels “chronically failing,” they look to how state-run school districts have faired in others states, including Tennessee. WABE 90.1 FM

MENTAL HEALTH Teachers are often the first adults students turn to when struggling with mental health, but educators are not adequately trained to address the crises. The Atlantic