TESTING, TESTING Next spring, Tennessee third-graders will spend at least three and half hours less on end-of-year standardized tests as the State Department of Education seeks to reset the conversation and tone on assessments. ChalkbeatThe Tennessean, Chattanooga Times Free Press

ACCESSING TECHNOLOGY Here are four technology issues facing Tennessee classrooms, according to district leaders that oversee tech education. Chalkbeat

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING What if high school was different? Memphis stakeholders key in on one innovative option. Chalkbeat

OWNING UP During a Nashville forum focusing on policies for special-needs students, school board candidate Jackson Miller apologizes for tweets that include derogatory language about those with disabilities. The Tennessean

CONTENDING CANDIDATES The contentious Nashville school board race continues, and while the personalities of two candidates separate them, so do the policies they stand for. The Tennessean

ROBOT CAMP A high-tech summer camp at Pellissippi State Community College offers kids instruction on how to give robots their marching orders. Knoxville News Sentinel

SEARCH FIRM Five firms are interested in helping the Hamilton County’s school board find its next superintendent — and each comes with a price tag. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BUILDING READINESS Jackson-Madison County’s superintendent tells county commissioners that, despite massive renovation and maintenance work, buildings will be ready for students on the first day of school. The Jackson Sun

MOVING IN The now empty halls inside Jackson Central-Merry High School in Jackson will be barren for only a little while longer after the school board approved an agreement with Lane College to take over some of the building space. The Jackson Sun

NAME CHANGE Gibson County’s school board votes to change the name of Medina Middle School to South Gibson Middle School. The Jackson Sun

GRANT MONEY Multiple donations to a Maryville intermediate school will go toward adding a new sound room for the theater, computer equipment for fourth-graders and books for the library. The Daily Times

TRUMP’S VP PICK Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the official running mate of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Here’s a recap of his role in the state’s contentious fights over education. Chalkbeat