TEST SCORES  State education officials ask parents not to be alarmed by student test scores that will read lower than any standardized test to date. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

EXPLORING SACRIFICE   A STEM teacher in Clarksville talks about her unique opportunity to tour national cemeteries in Honolulu, San Francisco and the Philippines to learn about World War II as part of a national immersion experience. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL FACILITIES  Shelby County Schools could see some major changes soon, including merging some schools and closing others. WMC-TV, Chalkbeat

BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL  A look at Nashville’s Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary, one of Tennessee’s six Blue Ribbon schools for 2016  WKRN-TV

OPENING BELL  After much discussion and exploration into later start times for high school students, Williamson County’s school board fails to reach a consensus and tables the matter. The Tennessean

AGRI-SCIENCE  Dyer County High School students learn how to cultivate plants using hydroponics, a method of growing without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in water. Dyersburg State Gazette

SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT  Blount County’s school board votes to extend the contract of schools director Rob Britt to 2020. The Daily Times

STEAM DAY  Students at a Blount County elementary school explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through hands-on activities involving everything from caterpillars to airplanes. The Daily Times

FEEDING CHILDREN  The Tennessee Department of Human Services seeks nominations for honoring sponsors who participated in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program. Daily News Journal

BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM  Bedford County brings a new breakfast program to its elementary schools to help address the stigma of eating breakfast at school. Shelbyville Times-Gazette

MISSISSIPPI ED FUNDING  Mississippi lawmakers hire outside help to revamp the state’s school funding formula. The Commercial Appeal

RACISM AND LEARNING  A new study shows that the pressures associated with discrimination contribute to the achievement gap. The Atlantic