ASD PIVOT  Five years in, the Achievement School District is taking a backseat to other school improvement tools for the Tennessee Department of Education. Chalkbeat

GRADING REVIEW  Shelby County’s school board meets in special session today to discuss allegations of grade tampering, while county commissioners express concerns about the ongoing review. Memphis Daily News, Local Memphis

A review of Shelby County Schools transcripts by an independent firm began nearly six months after district and state officials agreed one was necessary. The Commercial Appeal, Fox13, WREG

A week after approving a two-year extension of Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s contract, school board chairman Chris Caldwell wants an attorney who works for the school board to review the document. The Commercial Appeal

ED SUMMIT  The chief of the Memphis Education Fund joins other Memphis school leaders calling for an “education revolution” in the Bluff City. The Commercial Appeal

ACT TESTING SNAFU  The ACT agrees to provide college-admissions scores for nearly 2,800 students in Ohio and Tennessee, after first refusing to score those students’ exams because of a mixup in test administration. Education Week

TNREADY DELAYS  Weeks after classes wrapped up, thousands of students across East Tennessee still don’t have their final grades. WJHL

TESTING FATIGUE  Frustrated by state testing mandates, Blount County’s school board plans to ask state education leaders to “cease mandating burdensome and unnecessary regulations on local governments and school districts.” The Daily Times

SUPERINTENDENT MEETINGS  Tennessee’s education commissioner meets in Jackson with West Tennessee school superintendents to discuss new district and school accountability models. The Jackson Sun

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  A Minneapolis school leader is the third of five candidates to interview in person for the job of leading Hamilton County Schools. Times Free Press

TOP TEACHERS  Here’s a look at some of the finalists for Tennessee’s next Teacher of the Year. Knoxville News Sentinel, Times Free Press, WCYB, The Tennessean, Chalkbeat

REAL ESTATE  Knox County’s school board transfers an acre of land for the development of a community center and sports complex in the Lonsdale neighborhood. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUILDING YOUNG LEADERS  Twenty middle and high school students from East Tennessee attend the 12th Annual Kramer Summer Leadership Conference. The Daily Times

FACILITIES STUDY  A consultant to Greene County Schools reports that the data is in, and that recommendations on facilities and programming will come next. The Greeneville Sun

PRE-K PIONEER  The founding supervisor talks about the evolution of Hawkins County’s pre-K program as she leaves her job of 18 years. Kingsport Times-News

JUNIOR DEPUTIES  Nearly 80 Rutherford County students entering sixth grade learn about self-defense during a camp hosted by the sheriff’s office. Daily News Journal

OPPOSING OPINIONS  Now that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is running for governor, people who worked with him offer starkly different views on his education record. The Commercial Appeal, The Tennessean