Rise & Shine: Urban districts score below statewide averages on new TNReady tests, with some bright spots

SCORES IN A new test hasn’t changed which Tennessee school districts are the top performers, and which districts struggle relative to the state as a whole. Most urban districts, which typically have a higher concentration of students from low-income households, had lower passing rates on high school TNReady assessments than the state as a whole. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Knoxville News Sentinel

The gap between Memphis’s scores and statewide scores was particularly wide. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

Shelby County’s suburban districts post slow growth scores. The Commercial Appeal

ABSENTEEISM Three of six lawmakers serving Rutherford County disappointed school board officials by missing a Monday night meeting to discuss education funding and other legislation. Daily News Journal

CHARTER MORATORIUM Metro Nashville board member Will Pinkston asks to indefinitely defer a vote that would place a moratorium on any new charter schools, alleging interference from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Tennessean

SALARY The next Knox County Schools superintendent could make $240,000 a year. Knoxville News Sentinel

MONEY SKILLS Union University students help elementary schoolers learn about spending and saving. The Jackson Sun


SAFE SPACE Metro Nashville School Board members voted to pass a measure that would designate Metro Nashville Public Schools as a “safe space” for students and their families threatened by immigration enforcement.  News Channel 5

AWARD WINNERS Maury County Schools win a state award for commitment. Columbia Daily Herald

INSURANCE Collierville’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a $25 fee to cover any damage to the iPad devices that it plans to distribute starting in January to students in grades four through seven. The Commercial Appeal